The dispersal of the Benin art to museums around the world catalysed the beginnings of a long and slow European reassessment of the value of West African art. The Benin art was copied and the style integrated into the art of many European artists and thus had a strong influence on the early formation of modernism in Europe.
On behalf of my people who sold their own for money, I’m sorry. I grew up ignoring much of black history bc I swore it didn’t pertain to me. Until the day came that my father taught me how my own tribe, thick in the advancements of trade and business development, was one of the largest and successful spots for slavers….