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Canada prime minister returns 900-yr-old Khajuraho temple sculpture to Modi

The handing over took place in Canadian Parliament Library which Modi visited after his talks with Harper.

By: Press Trust of India | Ottawa |
April 16, 2015 8:05:40 am
Modi, Narendra Modi, Stephen Harper, Khajuraho, Khajuraho sculpture, Khajuraho parrot lady, Modi Canada visit, Syed Akbaruddin, UNESCO convention, MEA India, Modi canada, Canada PM, India news, World news, top stories Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Candian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wedenesday. (Source: Twitter)

A 900-year-old piece of sculpture from Khajuraho temple, which had somehow reached Canada, was returned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper when his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met him in Ottawa.

The sculpture, known as ‘Parrot Lady’, was handed over by Harper to Modi on Wednesday in accordance with 1970 UNESCO Convention.

The handing over took place in Canadian Parliament Library which Modi visited after his talks with Harper.

“Canada returns Indian heritage piece -‘Parrot Lady’. PM @narendramodi receives sandstone sculpture from Khajuraho,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

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The stone sculpture, meant to be in UNESCO-protected Khajuraho, depicts a dancer with a parrot on her back.

The valuable antique piece surfaced in Canada in 2011 when it was found in possession of a person who did not have proper documents and it was seized, according to reports.

The Canadian authorities then contacted their Indian counterparts, following which discussions started on returning it.

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