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Abuna's crown
The British Government has already resisted one attempt to restore this gold crown to Ethiopia in 1923.

Adulis fragments
Captain W. Goodfellow of the Royal Engineers made some quick excavations in Adulis (in modern day Eritrea) in the aftermath of the seige, from May 28 to June 9 1868. He sent two cases of fragments home including "a bas-relief representing a cross", suggesting an early Christian site.

Cameronians' cross
A brass cross was taken from the church in Maqdala and given to the 26th Foot (The Cameronians) - a regiment which arrived too late to take part in either of the final battles.

Gold chalice
Check back for more information on the golden ecclesiastical chalice, currently held in London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

John Irving's loot
Ensign John Beaufin Irving, of the 4th King’s Own regiment, reportedly broke into Maqdala single-handedly on the eve of the final battle. According to regimental accounts, he emerged with "some sacred vessels and a manuscript". Apparently his family still has "various trophies of the campaign".

Lancaster's crosses
The King's Own Royal Regiment took four processional crosses from Maqdala. They are currently on display in The King's Own Regimental Memorial Chapel in Lancaster Priory.

Panel of tablet-woven silk
This ecclesiastical cloth, part of a triptych that would have screened off the inner sanctum of a church, is currently on display as part of the British Museum's African collection.

Studland's cross
A processional cross taken at Maqdala is currently kept at the Norman church of St Nicholas, in Studland, in the English county of Dorset. According to one report, the church rector at the time obtained permission from Emperor Haile Selassie to keep it.

 
treasure count:
468 items
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10 items
returned
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current locations

The British Library
The British Museum
Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum Halifax
Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
The John Rylands Uni Library
Lancaster Museum & Priory
National Archives of Scotland
The Schøyen Collection
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Windsor Castle

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