Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel virtually attends the Handing Over Ceremony of three sculptures at the High Commission of India, London, from New Delhi. (Credit: PIB Delhi)

England hands over three recovered sculptures

Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel virtually attended the Handing Over Ceremony of three sculptures at the High Commission of India, London. British Police handed over the three statues of Lord Rama, Lakshamana, and Mata Sita to the Indian High Commission in London. 

On occasion, Patel expressed his gratitude toward British Police, Special Idol Wing, Government of Tami Nadu, Archaeological Survey of India, and the High Commission of India, London, to bring these precious idols back to India. He conveyed that it became possible because of the continuous persuasion of these authorities.

Patel said that since independence, we had received only thirteen sculptures from foreign countries. It is a matter of delight that since 2014, we have received more than 40 sculptures, and we are trying to get more statues in the coming years. He also said that we are conversing with British Museum to bring the 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. These are the masterpieces of Indian Metal Art. These sculptures were stolen from a temple of the Vijayanagara Period, about 40 years back. Stylistically these sculptures are dated to the 15th century anno Domini.