Cultural appropriation comes in various types. However, the most severe was the taking away of thousands of antiques from nations colonized by the European countries. It is now becoming difficult to ignore the calls of returning the taken. Elgin Marbles is the most popular incident whereby ancient artefacts were removed from Athens towards the beginning of the twentieth century. Thirty years later, when Greece gained its independence, they began the process of claiming them back.
Norway consents to return ancient collections to Chile
The previous month, the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, was permitted to take back the thousands of old items gathered by Thor Heyerdahl, a voyager from Chile’s Easter Island. Thor’s son, also known as Thor, said that it was an honour to his dad’s word to take back the objects to the island’s Rapa Nui residents. Over the last two hundred years, the British Museum has rejected continuously any attempts to return the antiques. It claims that the integrity of its artefacts ought to be conserved. However, some European museums have a separate thought.
Hoa Hakananai’a among the artefacts claimed by Chile
The significance linked by Norway to the banishment of the ancient collections was emphasized by King Herald V’s attendance of the observance to sign the return arrangement in Santiago. Chile is also pursuing the return of Hoa Hakananai’a. It is a huge Easter Island sculpture that is among the great displays at the British Museum.
Other European nations follow suit
In 2018, French President, Emmanuel Macron, ordered a report into the banishment of African antiques from French arts centres. Once the story got published, he declared the return of twenty-six objects taken from Benin by French colonialists. In the meantime, the National Museum for the Netherlands, last month stated that it would bring back all the artefacts robbed during the colonial period. The museum will examine through its exhibits to find out which object to return.