. 125 Years After the Benin Bronzes Were Looted, Artist Victor Ehikhamenor Has Installed a Symbol of Resistance at St. Paul’s in London « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – Nigerian-born artist Victor Ehikhamenor has unveiled a new artwork at St. Paul’s cathedral in London to mark the 125th anniversary of British forces’ notorious attack on the Kingdom of Benin and the subsequent unceremonious looting of the Benin Bronzes. The mixed media artwork installed in the cathedral’s crypt is a portrait of Benin royal Oba Ovonramwen, who reigned at the time of the siege, and is made from rosary beads and Benin bronze hip ornaments. Titled Still Standing, the work is a response to a nearby brass and marble memorial panel commemorating British admiral Harry Holdsworth Rawson.

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