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5 Priceless Indian Artefacts That We Would Like The British Museum To Return Back To Us


We all know the story of the largest cut diamond ‘Kohinoor’ which is owned by India but now sits at the centre of the Queen’s crown in the United Kingdom. 

However, if you thought it was the only treasure that our former coloniser had stolen from us, you are mistaken. 

There are a number of treasured possessions, idols and artefacts that belong to India but are possessed by the biggest museums of Britain.  

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These priceless items were moved, stolen and looted from India and taken to the UK years ago but sadly still remain in the possession of the British museums and royals. 

Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) New York said it will return the Benin bronzes looted from Nigeria by British Army in 1897 in order to repatriate the looted possessions held by the museum. 

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We wonder if British museums have any plans to do such repatriation for South Asian items as well.  

Here are some really valuable and incredibly priceless artefacts from India that are wrongly in the possession of British museums, that we would like back.  

Lord Harihara idol

A beautifully carved sandstone statue of the lord Harihara looted from the temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh is displayed at the British Museum, London.

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The Sultanganj Buddha

A 2.3 metres high and 500kg copper sculpture of Buddha was discovered in Sultanganj Bihar in 1862 and was estimated to be built 1500 years ago prior to that courtesy its Gupta styling of sculpturing. It is currently kept in the Birmingham museum.  

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Tipu Sultan’s personal possessions

The legendary ruler Tipu Sultan’s sword, ring, perfume and a wooden tiger are all in the possession of different museums in Britain. He fought the British till his last breath and his personal possessions were looted upon his death. 

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Wine cups of Shah Jahan

The paisley shaped wine cup made of white nephrite jade belonged to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan which was later acquired by Victorian and Albert Museum in London in 1962. The cup was made in 1657 CE and had his title “Second Lord of the Conjunction” inscribed on it. 

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Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s throne

The magnificent throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, had gold sheets and was built specifically for state meetings. It was moved during Anglo Sikh war and has been kept in the Victorian and Albert Museum since then.

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While these should shine in our homeland for the tourists from around the world to witness the rich history and culture of India, they are instead kept on display in the splendid museums of London for the British to show off. 

What will take Great Britain to finally return what is rightfully ours? 

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