V&A to 'shine a light' on British looting of Ethiopian treasures

The Telegraph, February 14, 2018


"The V&A is to stage an exhibition of looted treasures from Ethiopia, reviving a diplomatic row over a controversial episode in British military history.

The royal and religious artefacts were plundered during the Battle of Maqdala in 1868, when a British expeditionary force laid siege to the mountain fortress of Emperor Tewodros II in what was then Abyssinia.

So enormous was the haul that 15 elephants and 200 mules were required to carry it away. It was auctioned and items acquired by the V&A, British Museum and other institutions, while others were presented to Queen Victoria and remain in the Royal collection."

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