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Thanks for your appreciation of the photos - it's not easy to get decent shots through glass with no extra lighting.
I'm afraid you'll have to approach the Museum about returning the objects. I know they do take such requests seriously. Try emailing on
I can understand why you'd like the objects returned to the descendants of the people who made them. But if they go to Rabi, how many people will ever see them? In Oxford they can show off one aspect of Banaban culture to many tens of thousands of visitors every year.
This is a tricky area of debate about all sorts of objects, from the Elgin Marbles to human remains.
All the best,