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Ministry of Culture
25-April-2016 15:25 IST
Recovery of Stolen Antiquities from India

 

 

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is making all efforts to recover stolen antiquities from abroad. Till date the Archaeological Survey of India has recovered eighteen numbers of antiquities from various countries. Details are given in Table-1 below:- 

 

 

LIST OF RETRIEVAL OF ANTIQUITIES FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

Sl.

No

Description of object

Provenance

Country from which retrieved

Date/

year of Retrieval

Means of Retrieval

Present location

 

1.

Sawn stucco Head

Nalanda, Bihar

U.K. and France

1976

Voluntarily returned by British Museum, London and Madam Krishna Robound of France

Patna Circle

 

2.

Nataraja of Chola period

Sivapuram Tamil Nadu

U.S.A.

1986

Through Court Case in U.K and U.S.A.

Tamil Nadu Government

 

3.

Terracotta Yakashi of Tamluk

West Bengal

U.K.

1986

Court case was instituted in London but out of Court settlement was reached for retrieval

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

4.

Nataraja of Chola period

Tiruvilakkadi, Tamil Nadu

U.S.A

1986

Kimbell Art Museum returned the idol after Indemnity agreement was signed by the GOI on 12.8.1985

 

 

5.

Nataraja of Chola period

Pathur, Tamil Nadu

U.K.

1991

Retrieved through Court case instituted in London High Court and appeal in Royal Court of Justice at London.

Tamil Nadu Government

 

6.

Terracotta figures from Bhitargaon

Utter Pradesh

U.S.A

1991

The figure was returned voluntarily  by Los Angeles Country Museum.

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

7.

Amin pillars

Amin, Haryana

U.K

1979-80

Voluntarily returned

National Museum, New Delhi

 

8.

Image of Buddha

Bodhgaya, Bihar

U.S.A

1999

Voluntarily returned without seeking any monitory compensation by Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

9.

Sculpture of Krishnajanma

Dhubela Museum Chattarpur (M.P.)

U.S.A

1999

Returned through the mediation of Consulate General of India, New York.

Dhubela Museum, Chattarpur (M.P)

 

10.

Paintings

i)  Chandigarh      Museum

ii) Chandigarh Museum

U.S.A

 

U.S.A

10-1-1990

 

4-3-1979

Voluntarily returned

 

Voluntarily returned

Chandigarh Museum

 

Chandigarh Museum

 

 

11.

Image of Lakulisa

Jageswar

U.S.A

2000

Voluntarily returned after negotiations by the Consulate General of India, Chichgo with Mrs. Marilynn Alsdorf.

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

12.

Decorative Wooden panels (7 nos.)

Rajasthan

Holand

2001

Voluntarily returned

 

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

13.

Yogini Vrishanana

----

Paris

2013

Return on initiative of  the then Minister of Culture

National Museum

 

14.

Nataraja

Tamil Nadu

Australia

2014

Voluntarily returned

Under the custody of Idol Wing Tamil Nadu

 

15.

Ardhanariswara

Tamil Nadu

Australia

2014

Voluntarily returned

Under the custody Idol Wing, Tamil Nadu

16.

Parrot Lady

Madhya Pradesh

Canada

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

17.

Mahisamardini

J&K

Germany

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

18.

Uma Parameshwari

Tamil Nadu

Singapore

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, New Delhi

 

 

Presently there is no estimate available with the Archaeological Survey of India, for the number of the antiquities that are currently illegally being smuggled outside the country, however, Central Bureau of Investigation has registered one case in connection with Indian antiquities stolen and sold in foreign countries since 2000 to 2016.

 

Six numbers of antiquities have been recovered from abroad during the last three years. Details are given table-2:- 

 

LIST OF RETRIEVAL OF ANTIQUITIES FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES DURING LAST THREE YEARS 2013-2015 AND CURRENT YEAR UPTO 31st MARCH, 2016

 

Sl.No.

Description of object

Provenance

Country from which retrieved

Date/

year of Retrieval

Means of Retrieval

Present location

1.

Yogini Vrishanana

----

Paris

2013

Return on initiative of  the then Minister of Culture

National Museum

2.

Nataraja

Tamil Nadu

Australia

2014

Voluntarily returned

Under the custody of Idol Wing, Tamil Nadu

3.

Ardhanariswara

Tamil Nadu

Australia

2014

Voluntarily returned

Under the custody of Idol Wing, Tamil Nadu

4.

Parrot Lady

Madhya Pradesh

Canada

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

5.

Mahisamardini

J&K

Germany

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

6.

Uma Parameshwari

Tamil Nadu

Singapore

2015

Voluntarily returned

CAC, Purana Qila, N. Delhi

 

 

 

 

Presently there is no estimate available with the Archaeological Survey of India, for the number of the antiquities that are currently illegally being smuggled outside the country, however, Central Bureau of Investigation has registered one case in connection with Indian antiquities stolen and sold in foreign countries since 2000 to 2016.

 

This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Sanjay Kumar/jk/LS. No.- 2/25-04-2016