India's 5 Priceless Historical Belongings Lying across the World

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BANGALORE: The history of India’s rich tradition has offered a legacy of Indian culture promising everything - beauty, dignity, form and style. There is a myriad of art and craft tradition in India based on social, economic and regional factors. The variety is comprehensive and ranges from age-old stone carvings to modern handicrafts, making use of glass flints and mirrors. Unfortunately, today some of the most valuable artifacts are no longer in the country. Here are the 5 prized possessions of India that are presently lying abroad as listed by IndiaTV.

Tipu sultan’s Sword and ring: The Tiger of Mysore, or Tippoo Sahib (as the British called him), Tipu Sultan, was the great Indian ruler who opposed the East India Company’s conquest of Southern India. Tipu was vigorous, forceful, brave, and a devout Muslim ruler ruling mainly in a Hindu populated place.

He had inherited the throne from his father Haidar Ali, who had driven out the previous Hindu dynasty. Since, he was a befitting king, he had several swords and many of them were believed to have been taken back to England by the British forces along with almost all of Tipu's prized possessions, including his favorite throne, tiger motif and even his finger ring.
It is the possession of one of Tipu's swords in the British Museum, London, that sparked the interest of the British scientific and academic community so much that they have now joined hands with Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies for studying the history and metallurgy behind these swords.

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