In a historic move, 29 antiquities have been returned to India by Australia. These antiquities range in six broad categories according to themes – Lord Shiva and his disciples, worshipping Shakti, Lord Vishnu and his forms, Jain tradition, portraits and decorative objects.
The antiquities come from different time periods, with the earliest ones dating back to 9-10 century CE.
These are primarily sculptures and paintings made using variety of material – sandstone, marble, bronze, brass and paper.
Representing a large geographical region in India, the antiquities are from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspected the antiquities and thanked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for taking the initiative to return the antiquities.
In September last year, PM Modi brought back 157 artefacts and antiquities from the US, where he and US President Joe Biden also expressed commitment to strengthening efforts to combat theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.