New Delhi | News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for Australia’s initiative to return 29 antiques to India.
In support of India’s drive to recover the country’s stolen artefacts from around the world, Australia has repatriated antiquities that come from various time periods, some dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries AD.
During the India-Australia virtual summit, Prime Minister Modi thanked Morrison on behalf of all Indians.
“I thank you for the initiative to bring back Indian antiquities. Among the antiquities sent by you are artifacts and photographs that are hundreds of years old, which were illegally exported from Rajasthan, WB, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and other states. On behalf of all Indians, I thank you,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi inspected these antiquities returned from Australia.
Prime Minister Modi inspects 29 antiques that have been repatriated to India by Australia. Antiquities are divided into 6 broad categories by subject: Shiva and his disciples, worship of Shakti, Lord Vishnu and his forms, Jain tradition, portraits and decorative objects.
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The antiquities are divided into six broad categories according to themes: “Shiva and his disciples”, “Worship of Shakti”, “Lord Vishnu and his forms”, Jain tradition, portraits and decorations.
According to sources, these are primarily sculptures and paintings made from a variety of materials – sandstone, marble, bronze, brass and paper.
Antiquities include Shiva Bhairav, 9th-10th century CE Rajasthan sandstone, the 12th century CE holy child Sambandar. and a sculpture of a seated Gina from the Mount Abu region, Rajasthan.
Other antiquities include a portrait of Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad Yamin Lal Din Dayal, a memorial portrait of Hiralal A. Gandhi, and an untitled portrait of the donor and priests “Manorat” in front of Shri Natji, Natdwara.
Representing a large geographical region in India, the antiquities come from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal.
According to the Archaeological Survey of India, 228 antiquities have been returned to India since 2014.
“The cultural restitution saga continues. @ASIGoI received 29 antiques from Australia. A total of 13 antiques were returned between 1976 and 2013. A total of 228 antiques have been returned from 2014 to date,” ASI said in a statement.