A city council in the Scottish city of Glasgow has voted to bring back seven historic artifacts stolen from India, the largest single ever repatriation of objects from Scotland and the first collection of antiquities to India from any UK museum service. called reversion.
Glasgow City Council received a formal request from the Indian High Commission in London earlier this year for the return of six architectural antiquities from Kanpur, Gwalior and Bihar.
Another request was made last month by Jaspreet Singh Sukhija, the first secretary of trade at the High Commission, for a 14th-century ceremonial sword or sword and khurpi from the Deccan region.
“The antiquities have been requested by the High Commission of India on behalf of the Government of India and the Archaeological Service of India as they are part of India’s historical heritage,” said a council report earlier this week.
“The Archaeological Service of India has advised that these objects fall under the category of antiquity under the domestic law of India and are therefore part of the historical heritage of India. These items are of cultural, historical and religious importance to the people of India as a whole and were illegally removed from India,” it reads.
As per available information, six artifacts were stolen from Hindu temples and shrines in different states of India during the 19th century, while the sword was illegally bought, sold and smuggled out of India as a result of theft from the owner. Went.
“All seven items were later gifted to the city’s museum collection,” notes the report.
The Glasgow Life Museum has since consulted with Sukhija and the Government of India has agreed to bear the full cost of the return of the artifacts to India.
Trustees of Glasgow Life, which manages the city’s museums, were “glad that all councilors supported the committee’s recommendations today,” in a Twitter statement on Thursday.
“Today’s agreement represents the largest single repatriation of objects to date from Scotland and the first repatriation of antiquities to India from any UK museum service,” he said.
Museum Galleries Scotland, the development body for Scotland’s museums and galleries, welcomed the council’s decision, which also included the return of artifacts to Nigeria and the Cheyenne River and Oglala Lakota Sioux tribes.
“The return of these items is an important, positive step that reflects Glasgow’s ongoing work to remove misogynistic cultural artifacts from their native communities,” the organization said in a statement.