NEW DELHI: Australia has returned to India three antiquities, including two stone statues.
These were illegally exported out of the country in the recent past, the MEA said on 16th Jan 2017 namely:
- The granite stone image of Pratyangira from Tamil Nadu,
- Marble stele showing devotees of Buddha from Andhra Pradesh and
- Red stand stone image of Buddha from Mathura region
Objects were in possession of National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
The objects are currently kept at the Central Antiquities Collection at Purana Qila in New Delhi.
Pratyangira image is a case property of Idol Wing of Tamil Nadu Police and it would be handed over to them after a temporary display at the National Museum.