- The seven artefacts were received by the king of Ghana's traditional Asante kingdom - known as the Asantehene , Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
- The items were repatriated from the Fowler Museum.
The US museum handed back to Ghana seven royal artefacts that had been looted from the kingdom.
The items that were looted nearly 150 years ago were received by the king of Ghana's traditional Asante kingdom - known as the Asantehene , Otumfuo Osei Tutu II , during a ceremony on Thursday 8th/February/2024.
The Ghana royal treasures that were returned after being repatriated from the Fowler Museum, included a gold necklace, two gold stool ornaments and two bracelets and an elephant tail whisk,
The items have been hosted at Fowler Museum since 1965, but were looted by British forces from the Asantehene's Manhyia Palace in the city of Kumasi, southern Ghana, in 1874.
The King said their return would help unite his people."What just happened confirms what occurred so many years ago when the British attacked us and looted our treasures," he said. "Let’s remain united to bring about peace and development in the kingdom."
Ivor Agyeman Duah, an advisor to the king, said the objects were sacred.
"Their homecoming signifies a pivotal moment of reconciliation and pride for our kingdom," Duah noted.
Meanwhile the return of the items comes less than two weeks after the UK's British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum loaned back 32 items that had been looted from the kingdom, mostly in the 19th century.