Glasgow held a ceremony on Friday to formally repatriate seven Indian cultural artefacts looted throughout British colonial rule, calling it a primary for a UK museum service.
Dignitaries from the Excessive Fee of India joined members of Glasgow Life, the charity that manages the Scottish metropolis’s museum collections, on the switch of possession ceremony, following greater than 18 months of talks.
Six of the objects had been stolen from India within the 1800s, and a seventh was illegally bought after being stolen from its authentic homeowners.
All seven objects had been looted from sacred locations akin to temples and shrines and given as items to the Scottish metropolis’s museum collections.
“Glasgow has led repatriation efforts within the UK since 1998,” mentioned Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life.
“We stay up for persevering with our work with the Indian authorities to ship the secure return of those artefacts.”
In all, Glasgow is ready to return 51 objects to the descendants of their rightful homeowners from India and Nigeria in addition to the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux tribes within the US state of South Dakota.
In March, Glasgow Metropolis Council apologised for town’s function within the Atlantic slave commerce, after a examine into streets, buildings and people linked to the observe.
Glasgow’s repatriation dedication is a part of a wider reassessment of the provenance of things in Western museums, within the wake of worldwide anti-racism actions.
Earlier this 12 months, two British universities returned two Benin bronzes looted by British colonialists within the nineteenth century to Nigeria.
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