ART NEWS – Gunay Uslu, the Dutch Secretary of State for Culture and Media, decided to repatriate the objects following multiple requests from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The repatriated items include 335 artifacts that comprise the “Lombok treasure”, a collection of modern art from Bali, the Pita Maha collection, and the 18th century Cannon of Kandy that may have been used in ceremonies to welcome royal visitors. While many of the artifacts will come from the holdings of the National Museum of World Cultures, six Sri Lankan objects are currently held by the Rijksmuseum. Since conducting provenance research in 2017, this is the Rijksmuseum’s first repatriation of colonial artifacts.
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