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Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk

Why a West African Red List? 

Throughout history, West Africa has suffered extensive losses of its cultural heritage. ICOM, thanks to the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the U.S. Department of State, is publishing the Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk. Even though they are protected by national legislation and international agreements, the types of objects on this List are at risk of being traded in the illicit art and antiquities market.

The fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods requires the enhancement – and the enforcement – of legal instruments as well as the use of practical tools.

The purpose of the West African Red List, drafted in close cooperation with a team of national and international experts, is to ensure the right of future generations to this heritage.

 

Download the Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk in English

Download the Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk in French

 

Acknowledgements

The Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk is the result of a scientific collaboration between ICOM and a number of experts from all over the world.

ICOM wishes to thank all of the institutions that contributed research to the Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk and provided the images of the objects shown in the Red List:

Collections du Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire

Laboratoire de Préhistoire-Protohistoire de l’IFAN/UCAD, Sénégal

Musée National du Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso

Musée national du Mali, Mali

National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria

Old Residency Museum, Nigeria

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States

The Trustees of the British Museum, United Kingdom

Yale University Art Gallery, United States