US returns two rare artifacts to India
CHENNAI: A limestone carved relief estimated to be dated from 1st century BC to 1st century AD from Andhra Pradesh and a 17th century Nayaka-period Navaneetha Krishna Bronze from Tamil Nadu were handed over to the Indian high commissioner in London on Thursday.
The two artifacts are “linked to one of the most prolific art smugglers in the world” who were recently charged in Manhattan, New York, said a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) release.
“An individual in the UK, who possessed the items came forward to HSI (US Department of Homeland Security), expressing a desire to surrender the pieces,” said the release. Both items would be physically examined by domain experts at a later date to establish their exact period and original location.
“The repatriated artifacts are just two of more than 2,600 antiquities that have been recovered around the world. The investigation remains ongoing,” said the release.
“The cultural significance of artifacts looted from regions around the world extends beyond a monetary value. The pieces, like those recovered through this operation, are stolen fragments of history; and it is an honour to return them to their rightful home country,” said Peter C Fitzhugh, special agent in charge for HSI New York.
“HSI recognises the importance of both international and local partnerships in locating pilfered antiquities and cultural property, and it is through these repatriations that new generations are able to experience a part of their nation’s story,” Fitzhugh said.
Jai Hind•Unknown•2 hours ago
In the same way if all the artwork, jewels, gold and many many more are repatriated back to India , which British stole, then UK will go bankrupt
pakisareganduhomos•Kaloo Gandu Papistan•7 hours ago
This just like a small dot this return. You see huge stone sculptures of Indian Temples in front of Office building in USA. They all need to be returned.
Melodic Nostalgic•8 hours ago
Hindus are Cowards by nature, Shamelessly sit and accept the fact that their Priceless Artifact Gods are stolen.
Rajesh Jain•10 hours ago
Britishers are thieves and they looted our country and did not even spare clothes from poor children of our country ...The most interesting part is that even after looting the entire world they still remain paupers, have no economic or financial stability .. We always the people of India shall always curse them and their generations for the wrong doings
Sreerav Basu•11 hours ago
Finally they are giving back what we deserved.
Golumolu•11 hours ago
When Britain retuning kohinoor
Pbch Chowdhuri•India•11 hours ago
Excellent that India will be able to bring back some of its ancient treasures.
Venkat•12 hours ago
Obviously some thieves in collaboration with Indian politicians have stolen a lot of historic artifacts and sold in the black market for money. But the current owner has shown remarkable virtue by deciding to return these to the place where they belong, and we should respect that and thank the kind soul.sdout
Shruti•12 hours ago
R T•12 hours ago
Sonia Gandhi is thrilled almost to the point of salivating. Now she can take them back to Europe on her next trip and sell them back to European art collectors. After all, that is one of the ways, among other equally nefarious ones, Congress party is financed. party is financed.
Amresh•13 hours ago
when will Italy returns those smuggled by Gandhi families. India is waiting for the day when Italy will return stolen artifacts to India via gandhi italiam chors....!!
Adi Roi•13 hours ago
british and mughals def looted india openly... but italian maid and her family looted hindus in secret lol
Tanmay Chakrabarti•Unknown•13 hours ago
Good gesture by USA.
true•13 hours ago
Britishers looted India which was once called Golden Bird. Infact britishers ruled evey nation like US etc. Such a Arrogant white people.....
Rk• True Indian•13 hours ago
Hahhahhahaha and the same US and UK and india and even fermany and israel are all allies now. ..