9 Precious Artifacts That Once Belonged to India But Are Alleged to Be Stolen
We all know that India was once the wealthiest land. We had everything, right from Kohinoor to Kamasutra. From agriculture to money to animals to beauty., we had it all.
The amount of money the country was making in textiles, spices, pearls, sugar and iron weapons was unbelievable. And all this was the reason that in the ancient times our country was called as ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’.
But all of this was before different other invaders attacked us, chiefly Britishers. Wherever all such artifacts are, they still depict the understanding of Indian culture, but now their ownership is an ugly modern battle.
Once the largest diamond in the world, Koh-i-Noor belonged to the rulers in India who fought and won battles throughout history. It was originated in India’s Golconda mines, but now lies in the hands of British royal family and also is the part of Crown Jewels.
Ring and Sword of Tipu Sultan.
According to Speaking Tree, after Tipu Sultan died, his sword and ring were taken by the British army as war trophies. Both these leftovers of Tipu Sultan were earlier displayed in the British Museum, but in 2004, Vijay Mallya bought the sword of Tipu Sultan in an auction.
The Golden Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
According to SikhNet, the golden throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was made by a Muslim goldsmith between 1820 and 1830. But it was annexed by East India Company in 1849. Later, it was moved to Indian Museum in London followed with shifting to South Kensington Museum.
The blue Nassak diamond is called ‘eye’ of Lord Shiva. According to Indian Express, the diamond weighed 43.38 carats or 8,676 gram when it was mined from the Amaragiri mine based in Mahbubnagar in Telangana in the 15th century.
It is believed that rulers in the ancient times allegedly looted the diamond and is now kept at a private museum in Lebanon.
The Sultanganj Buddha.
Called as the largest complete Indian metal sculpture, the Sultanganj Buddha is made by the sculptors and metal artisans of India. The statue was discovered by EB Harris, a railway engineer in 1962. Before this, the icon was buried from last 700 years.
Amravati railings and Buddhapada.
This sculpture is a collection of pieces that depict India’s famous Amravati sculpture. The icon was excavated by British almost 140 years ago from Madras.
Tipu Sultan’s Mechanical Tiger
Tipu Sultan’s Tiger was made for him in between 1782-1799. The artifact with a tiger mauling a soldier has an organ which makes the man’s arm lift up and down and produce noises like he is dying.
The Royal Jade Wine Cup of Shah Jahan
Among the most exquisite objects from Mughal dynasty is unique wine cup of white nephrite jade of Shah Jahan.
The cup reflects the different kinds of cultures and artists that were welcomed by the Mughal empire. For example, according to the website of Victoria and Albert Museum, the gourd form of the cup is inspired by the Chinese while the lotus and petals add an Indian touch to it.
The Saraswati Marble Idol – Vag Devi
This statue represents the Goddess of knowledge, music, and learning, Saraswati. According to Independent, it was earlier the possession of the temple at Bhojshala in central India. Later, it was lost and was acquired by British museum in 1886.
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