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Looted African Artefacts in European museums

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Stolen items from ancient African civilisations are in numerous European museums. This talk locates, identifies and explain some of them

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Author Kandace Chimbiri follows up her previous Queen Nzingha lecture on 'Nefertiti :a Black icon?' by detailing some of the unusual locations and history of Africa's potent art and cultural representations.

Czech Republic,Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Portugal,Greece,France, Britain and Spain have incredible African exhibits vital to understanding Black history. These locations are very far from the African venues where the items were created

This presentation will cover:

  • Ancient African civilisations and their artistic achievements
  • European mis-identification and filtered history
  • Resources and books that tell the story from an African perspective
  • The real story as to how these items were 'acquired'
  • How to make money from stolen goods
  • Black history tours in Europe that reveal hidden African history
  • Plus Q&A

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About the speaker :

K.N. Chimbiri previously lectured on 6,000 years of African combs from their earliest appearance in the ancient Nile valley to the modern ‘Black Fist’ comb. She provided a comprehensive introduction to African combs and revealed what they really tell us about African history, art, power, business, and economics.

Miss Chimbiri’s third book, Secrets of the Afro comb, 6,000 years of art and culture accompanied the Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Secrets of the Afro comb, 6,000 years of art and culture is the world’s first book on African combs for children. In addition to looking at the Afro comb as an art object, the book also discusses why African hair is curly. More information available here

Kandace Chimbiri is the founder of Golden Destiny publishing house which specialises in non-fiction books particularly ancient Black history for children. Her first two books are Step back in time to ancient Kush (an activity book about the ancient Sudan) and The Story of Early Ancient Egypt. Both books are now carried by museums like the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, the Neues Museum in Berlin and Barbados’ national museum.

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series features African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series provides a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting. See previous Queen Nzingha lectures here https://www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks

Other coming online events from www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk :

  • The Amazing James Baldwin course
  • African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual course Part 2
  • The Black history of comedy
  • African Odysseys Black Films and White Power
  • Black Presence in the National Gallery
  • African Graphic Novels the rise of Black superheroes
  • The economic impact of African hair, local and global
  • The Black history of video games

Image: Queen Mother Pendant Mask (Iyoba), 16th century, Edo peoples, Court of Benin, Nigeria, ivory, iron, copper, 23.8 x 12.7 x 8.3 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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