List of 8 Valuables stolen by the British, the list will shock you!
- Great Star of Africa diamond
- Tipu Sultan’s ring
- The cup of Shah Jahan
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Valuables stolen by the British: With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Tweepals are demanding Kohinoor back. Netizens demanded that Britain should return the Kohinoor diamond to India. Amidst all this, one thing stood out:
How the United Kingdom has a lot of precious items that were looted or stolen from India and other countries. Here is a list, take a look:
9 valuables stolen by British from India as well as from other countries
1. Great Star of Africa diamond
The Cullinan Diamond is largest ever found. At 530 carats, “The Great Star of Africa” was stolen from S. Africa in 1905; estimated worth of $400M.
The stone is now mounted in the head of Queen Elizabeth’s Sovereign Sceptre with Cross. 🇬🇧 must return this and all “royal jewels.” pic.twitter.com/XtfcGFpbc7
— J. Spencer (he) (@JohnathanPerk) September 9, 2022
With a weight of 530 carats, it is the largest diamond in the world. Estimated to be worth USD 400 million, it was mined in South Africa in 1905. They claim that it was looted by the British government during their reign as a colonist.
2. Tipu Sultan’s ring
Tipu Sultan’s ring was allegedly taken by Britishers from his slain body in 1799 after he lost the battle against them. According to many media reports, the ring was sold at an auction in the UK to an unidentified bidder for around 1,45,000 British pounds. #stolen #britishraj pic.twitter.com/7wvGDVSUoh
— Avtar (Terry) Rakhra (@terryrakhra1) September 11, 2022
It was allegedly taken by the British from his dead body in 1799 after he lost the battle. The Jewelled ring is inscribed with the name of Hindu Deity Ram. Reportedly, it was sold for nearly Rs 1.42 crore by Christie’s auction House in 2014 in the UK to an unidentified bidder.
3. The cup of Shah Jahan
Image (from https://t.co/aN7T2bCExZ › articles › the-win…
V&A · The Wine Cup Of Shah Jahan) below, at RHS, shows the cup wine-side up. That at LHS is probably how he may have seen after drinking the wine🙂. pic.twitter.com/7TM7UN6gJ7
— Ripu_Mardanan (@lsk2007) September 5, 2020
In the 19th century, a beautiful wine jug was stolen by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie and sent to Britain. The white nephrite jade white cup belongs to Shah Jahan, the emperor of the Mughal kingdom. Since 1962, the cup has been placed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
4. Amaravati marbles
— Santhi Kavuri-Bauer (@santhiarch) June 20, 2018
The Amaravati marbles are presently on display at the British Museum in London. It is a collection of 70 pieces depicting India’s famed Amaravati sculptures. The British discovered the sculptures almost 140 years ago. In 1859 they were shipped to the UK from Madras.
5. Elgin marbles
Lots of online convo on British colonial looting: from Koh-i-Noor diamond in India, to Elgin Marbles in Greece, over 600 Ethiopian Manuscripts, 70,000 seeds of Hevea Brasiliensis ended Brazil's economic boom…
— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) September 11, 2022
It is a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures; it is believed that lot Elgin allegedly removed the marbles from the Parthenon’s decaying walls in Greece and transported them to London in 1803. Since 1925, Greece has been asking for its priceless possession.
6. Rosetta stone
— Ancient Origins (@ancientorigins) September 9, 2022
The Rosetta stone is kept at the British Museum for display. According to many archaeologists, the rotator stone was stolen by the British after they won the battle against France in the 1800s.
7. Benin Bronzes
For those who are not aware, there is a huge collection of Benin Bronzes in my hometown, Vienna Austria, at the Weltmuseum. pic.twitter.com/MwhtFLM399
— Abiẹs 🇳🇬🇦🇹 (@barbxabieys) August 7, 2022
Nigeria, then known as the Kingdom of Benin, owned the 13th-century Bronze Scriptures created by Edo artists. More than 200 scriptures were stolen by the British after the Benin invasion in 1987 and were put in museums for display.
8. Ethiopian Manuscripts
・コ イ ヌール Koh-i-Noor
・ティプー スルターンの指輪 The Ring of Tipu Sultan
・ロゼッタ ストーン Rosetta Stone
・エチオピアの写本 Ethiopian Manuscripts
— 光嶋 崇 🎨 アートディレクター Takashi Koshima (@KoshimaTakashi) September 10, 2022
The British adopted scriptures that were the primary cause of the war after defeating Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II in the Battle of Magdala in 1869. The Association for the Return of Magdala Ethiopian Treasures was formed to return the Manuscripts to Ethiopia. However, nothing good came out of it. The British Library displays 12 Ethiopian religious manuscripts, showing the font art, paintings, and religious traditions of the Tewahedo Church in Ethiopia.
It is not just these, several other valuables were also stolen by the British from other countries.