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Wednesday, 16 September, 2020, 13 : 00 PM [IST]

Union Culture Minister virtually attends handing over ceremony of 3 sculptures by British High Commission

Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Minister (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually attended the handing over ceremony of 3 sculptures at High Commission of India, London yesterday. The three sculptures of Lord Rama, Lakshamana and Mata Sita were handed over by British Police to Indian High Commission in London.
Speaking on the occasion, Patel expressed his gratitude towards British Police, special Idol Wing, Government of Tamil Nadu, Archaeological Survey of India and High Commission of India, London for their efforts to bring these precious idols back to India. 

The Culture Minister said that it is a matter of pride that since independence India had received only 13 sculptures from foreign countries but since 2014 more than 40 sculptures have been returned to India. He also said that talks are on with British Museum to bring Vag Devi idol back to India.

The bronze images of Lord Rama, Lakshamana and Mata Sita are 90.5 cm, 78 cm, and 745 cm in height, respectively, are the masterpieces of Indian Metal Art. These sculptures were stolen from a temple of Vijaynagar Period, about 40 years ago. Stylistically these sculptures are datable to 15th century A.D.

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