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German museums dig into legacy of Boxer Rebellion looting

Joint review of holdings with Chinese scholars to lead to return of artifacts

Workshop participants view possibly looted works at the Asian Art Museum in Berlin in March. Researchers estimate that hundreds of porcelains, bronzes and picture scrolls held by German museums may be implicated. (Photo by Jens Kastner)

BERLIN -- A consortium of seven German museums has begun working with Beijing's Palace Museum to determine which of the thousands of Chinese artifacts in their collections were looted and smuggled out in the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion.

The researchers estimate that hundreds of porcelains, bronzes and picture scrolls could be implicated.

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