The artifacts returned to India were received by officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) last week.
On Monday, just before the India-Australian summit began, about 29 antiquities were transferred from Australia to India. This is part of India’s efforts to bring back its cultural heritage from around the world. The artifacts returned to India were received by officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) last week.
What has been returned?
Shiva Bhairav, a 9th-10th century CE Rajasthan sandstone;
The child saint Sambandar from the 12th century CE;
Seated Jina sculpture from the region of Mount Abu, Rajasthan.
Portrait of Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad Yamin Lala Deen Dayal;
Memorial portrait of Hiralal A Gandhi; and untitled ‘Manorath’ portrait of donor and priests for Shri Nathji, Nathdwara.
According to reports, 200 stolen Indian antiquities from around the world have been returned to India so far.They come from different time periods and date back to the 9-10 century CE.
These artifacts returning to India are part of the ongoing effort to bring back the stolen heritage of paintings, sculptures and idols from other countries. The process of recovering these antiquities began when authorities were notified that they had been purchased by Australia and it took nearly a year to recover them.
More about the antiquities
They come from different time periods and date back to the 9-10 century CE. And these can be classified into six broad categories according to themes: Jain Traditions, Lord Vishnu and His Forms, Shiva and His Disciples, Worshiping Shakti, Portraits, Decorative Objects
Before going to the virtual summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inspected the antiquities returned by Australia.
These antiquities are mostly paintings and sculptures made of various materials, including marble, bronze, sandstone, paper, and brass. These represent different geographic regions in India – Telangana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
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