Commented by: Mathias Fubah Alubafi, Margareta von Oswald, and Verena Rodatus
In 1905, despite fierce resistance from the Kom Kingdom, the German colonial officer Hans Caspar zu Putlitz led his troops into the capital city of Kom (one of the kingdoms in today’s Western Grassfields of Cameroon) in 1905 and looted the palace. These looted elements are today in the possession of the Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum. How can the pair’s absence be dealt with in an exhibition context today? And how can the pair’s absence be evaluated today, from an art historical perspective from Cameroon?
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