EDO CORAL BEADS: British Expedition & Historical Treasures

Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.


It’s ironic that generations and generations of people in some cultures around the world may have to watch their heritage sit in a glass box in a foreign country forever. It gets even painful to see the very essence of their ancestors exhibited across the globe and yet they do not get royalties. Writers, musicians, and scholars all get royalties for their work. Or don’t they? Anyways, in this case getting royalties is totally out of the question, owing to the fact that these cultures want their cultural items returned. 

For instance, the Edo people and their monarch the Oba of Benin had solemnly pleaded that the British government returns the Crown Beaded Regalia and other artifacts taken by some British officers during The Great Benin Expedition of 1897. These artifacts are currently in the possession of the British Museum. If you read my previous posts about the Traditional Mask then you will get a forehand understanding of why I can’t stop stressing about the release of my tribal artifacts.

The Crown Beaded Regalia comprises of 3 components:


1. Coral Crown

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2. Jasper and Coral Whisk

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3. Coral Corselet

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Well, this is it for today please leave your reactions about this post in the comment section. Thanks for reading!❤️

Credit: British Museum


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  1. Over the past couple of years, I have grown to despair that the majority of Britain feels the remotest guilt or even self-consciousness over our past of piracy and murder and the ongoing legacy …


      • It’s about what they can get away with and what they can’t, a bit like a smokescreen. It’s the same with discoveries, we discovered Africa. That always amused me as a child, I asked the teacher that surely the people who lived there knew of its existence? She said they were ignorant, uneducated and unorganised and we brought civilisation, which looking back was a joke, I think 😀

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