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Restitutions

Large sections of the material and immaterial collections sourced from all over the world that are currently kept in the holdings of the Ethnologisches Museum were amassed within the context of colonialism. In recent years, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz has restituted a number of objects from the Ethnologisches Museum to their respective countries of origin.

Masken der Kogi

The wooden masks being prepared for transportation by conservator-restorer Kai-Patricia Engelhardt
The wooden masks being prepared for transportation by conservator-restorer Kai-Patricia Engelhardt © SPK / Photo: Xander Heinl/photothek.de

News: Restitution of Kogi Masks from the Ethnologisches Museum (19.06.2023)

Benin bronzes

King with two accompanying figures, detail, relief panel, brass, Nigeria, 16th century/ownership transferred to Nigeria on 25 August 2022, to be featured on loan in the Benin exhibition at the Ethnologisches Museum.
King with two accompanying figures, detail, relief panel, brass, Nigeria, 16th century/ownership transferred to Nigeria on 25 August 2022, to be featured on loan in the Benin exhibition at the Ethnologisches Museum. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum / Jörg von Bruchhausen

News: Return of Benin Bronzes from the Ethnologisches Museum: Artefacts Now in Nigerian Hands (25.08.2022)

Toi moko

The ceremony at the Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin prepared two mummified heads (Toi moko) of two tattooed Māori heads for their repatriation to New Zealand: Te Arikirangi Mamaku (Repatriation Programme Coordinator) and Hinemoana Baker
The ceremony at the Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin prepared two mummified heads (Toi moko) of two tattooed Māori heads for their repatriation to New Zealand: Te Arikirangi Mamaku (Repatriation Programme Coordinator) and Hinemoan © SPK / photothek.net / Florian Gärtner

News: Toi moko from the Ethnologisches Museum return to New Zealand (13.10.2020)

Grave goods

Holzidol, Sanradna, farbig gefasst, IV A 6679
Holzidol, Sanradna, farbig gefasst, IV A 6679 © Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Martin Franken, 2018

News: Return of Grave Goods to the Chugach Alaska Corporation (16.05.2018)