US hands over 157 Indian artefacts, antiquities to Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returns home today from a three-day official visit to the United States, is bringing back 157 artefacts and antiquities which were handed over to him in the country.
The artefacts include cultural antiquities and figurines related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and most of the items largely belong to the period of 11th century to 14th century as well as historic antiquities belonging to before Common Era, the Indian PMO said in a statement last night.
The 157 artefacts and antiquities were handed over by the United States during Modi's visit, our New Delhi correspondent reports.
PM Modi and US President Joe Biden were "committed to strengthening their efforts to combat the theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects," said the statement.
The list of artefacts includes a diverse set to items ranging from the one and a half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE.