November 5, 2004
Ethiopia wants the British Museum to return a collection of sacred tablets, that are currently kept locked in a vault at the museum.
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Friday 5th November, 2004
Brits negotiate future of sacred tablets
The British Museum is negotiating the return of tablets known as tabots that represent the Biblical Ark of the Covenant and are sacred to Ethiopian Christians.
The Art Newspaper said Thursday the tabots were part of the Maqdala treasures seized in an 1868 punitive expedition to Ethiopia — then known as Abyssinia — by British troops that led to the suicide of Emperor Tewodros. Much of the loot wound up in the British museum in what one former director described as a less than glorious episode.
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