Frieze: To Stop Auction of Looted Art, International Law Must Change

Last Monday in Paris, auction house Christie’s proceeded with the sale of two Nigerian artefacts in the face of public outcry over their suspicious provenance. As art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu noted in a 21 June article for The Guardian, the pair of sacred Igbo sculptures, known as Alusi, were likely stolen from Nigeria during its civil war (1967-70). The sale of the sculptures is therefore an extension of the violence perpetuated during that conflict, which claimed the lives of nearly three million people.