India was one of the wealthiest and successful countries in the world. After the rule of the Britishers, most of the artifacts have been taken away by them and also by other invaders and looters. Most of the precious things are in London.
1) Shah Jahan’s royal jade wine cup:
It is one of the most prestigious and unique items of the Mughal dynasty. The cup was used to reflect the different kinds of cultures and artists that were welcomed by the Mughal empire. The catchy gourd form of the cup is inspired by the Chinese and the lotus and petals add an Indian touch to it, according to the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
2) Tipu Sultan’s mechanical tiger:
Currently, Tipu Sultan’s Mechanical Tiger is present in Victoria and Albert Museum in England. It was made for Tipu Sultan in between 1782-1799. This wooden casing depicts a tiger mauling a European man. Due to the mechanisms, one hand of the soldier moves and this emits a wailing sound from the mouth of the man and makes the tiger grunt.
3) Nassak diamond:
Discovered in a mine in Amaragiri based in Mahbubnagar in Telangana in the 15th century, it weighs around 8,676 grams. The Blue Nassak diamond is called ‘eye’ of Lord Shiva and it is said that the looters at the ancient times stole the diamond and now it is kept at a private museum in Lebanon.
4) Ring and sword of Tipu Sultan:
According to the Speaking Tree, after the death of Tipu Sultan, his sword and ring were taken by the Britishers as war trophies. Till 2004 both of these things were displayed in the British Museum but then in the same year defaulter ‘Vijay Mallya’ bought the sword in an auction.
5) Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s, The Golden Throne:
The Golden Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was made by a Muslim goldsmith between 1820-30. In 1849, it was annexed by the East India Company and then moved to an Indian Museum in London which followed with shifting to South Kensington Museum, according to the SikhNet.
So much lost in time!
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