PM Modi Expresses Gratitude To PM Morrison For Returning 29 Antiquities To Australia.
Australia has returned 29 antiques to India in a historic
gesture. Lord Shiva and his students, worshipping Shakti, Lord Vishnu and his
forms, Jain tradition, portraits and decorative artefacts are among the themes
covered by these antiquities.
The antiquities date from various periods, with the earliest
dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries CE.
Sculptures and paintings constructed of a range of
materials, including sandstone, marble, bronze, brass, and paper.
The antiquities are from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal, and represent a broad
geographical span in India.
The antiques were viewed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
who complimented his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for taking the
initiative to return them.
One of these, Shiva with his pupils, is listed in a
government-owned antiquities catalogue as dating from the 9th to 10th centuries
CE. The material is sandstone, and Rajasthan is mentioned as the place of
Over the years, India has brought back a number of artefacts
from other countries.
PM Modi returned from the United States with 157 artefacts
and antiquities in September last year, where he and US President Joe Biden
pledged to boost efforts to combat cultural object theft, illicit trade, and
Today, PM Modi and Mr Morrison held a virtual summit.
"I'd want to express my gratitude in particular for
taking the initiative to return ancient Indian artefacts. Hundreds of years old
idols and paintings have been illegally removed from Rajasthan, West Bengal,
Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and other Indian states, among them "Prime
Minister Modi stated.