Prime Minister Narendra Modi will bring back around 157 artefacts and antiquities to India.
These iconic items will accompany PM Modi on his way back home to India. This was the first trip by PM after the coronavirus pandemic.
Conveying his deep appreciation for the repatriation of antiquities to India, Mr Modi has already made it a worthwhile visit.
The Indian PM touched upon several issues ranging from climate change to bilateral ones. He also spoke with tech giants like Adobe for technology up-gradation and innovation.
As per the official release, the list of 157 artefacts has an inclusion of a diverse set of items. These range from one and a half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja (lord of dance). This one dates back to the 12th CE.
PM Modi brings home Iconic artefacts and antiquities
These iconic artefacts that will accompany PM Modi, mostly belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE. Moreover, historic antiquities like the copper anthropomorphic object of 2000 BC, a terracotta vase from 2nd CE are also there.
Some 45 antiquities belong to the Before Common era (BC).
Half of the artefacts to be brought by PM Modi are cultural (71). The other half consists of figurines that relate to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9).
These all items are made of metal, stone and terracotta. The bronze collection primarily contains ornate figurines of popular postures of Lakshmi Narayana, Buddha, Vishnu, Siva Parvathi and the 24 Jain Tirthankaras. While there are others too like Kankalamurti, Brahmi and Nandikesa besides other unnamed deities and divine figures, as per the release.
There are a few motifs too that include religious sculptures from Hinduism, (Standing Buddha, Boddhisattva Majushri, Tara) and Jainism (Jain Tirthankara, Padmasana Tirthankara, Jaina Choubisi) as well as secular motifs (Amorphous couple in Samabhanga, Chowri Bearer, Female playing drum etc), release states.