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Law, Provenance Research, and Restitution of Colonial Cultural Property: Reflections on (In)Equality and a Sri Lankan Object in the Netherlands

Data publikacji: 18.04.2023

Santander Art and Culture Law Review, 2022, 2/2022 (8), s. 181 - 206

https://doi.org/10.4467/2450050XSNR.22.028.17041

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Naazima Kamardeen
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4032-8599 Orcid
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Jos van Beurden
Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Abstrakt

The status of colonial objects in European museums touches upon a matrix of legal and historical issues. This article engages with some of them, while referring to the case of a Sri Lankan object in the possession of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (RMA) in the Netherlands: a ceremonial cannon looted by the Dutch from the King of Kandy in 1765. The article offers a historical overview of the European colonial domination of Ceylon, distinguishing between the Portuguese, Dutch, and British periods, and for each period distinguishes the nature and the size of the confiscated heritage. It also analyses Sri Lanka’s legal title to the cannon, and the discrepancy between the international and mostly Euro-centric legal regime and Sri Lanka’s own legal framework. The article moves on to analyses of and reflections about the type of provenance research practiced by the RMA, as well as the broader efforts in the Netherlands for better provenance research. The importance of the cannon for both Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, as well as earlier efforts to retrieve it, are also described and evaluated. In its conclusions, the article proffers suggestions for more balance and equality in the provenance research efforts. The contribution covers legal studies, history, and museum studies and is based on the literature, historical catalogues, and other documents, as well as the practice of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries titution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP).

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Informacje

Informacje: Santander Art and Culture Law Review, 2022, s. 181 - 206

Typ artykułu: Oryginalny artykuł naukowy

Tytuły:

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Law, Provenance Research, and Restitution of Colonial Cultural Property: Reflections on (In)Equality and a Sri Lankan Object in the Netherlands

Autorzy

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4032-8599

Naazima Kamardeen
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4032-8599 Orcid
Wszystkie publikacje autora →

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-3883

Jos van Beurden
Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-3883 Orcid
Wszystkie publikacje autora →

Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publikacja: 18.04.2023

Status artykułu: Otwarte __T_UNLOCK

Licencja: CC BY  ikona licencji

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