National treasure of a country can be anything right from its culture, dresses, places, monuments or even persons depending on the contribution of the thing or the related person to the nation or its history.
India also boasts of its rich heritage and a long list of royal legacies that have influenced the nation to the great extent. Though India has a long list of National Treasures spread across the country but there are a good number of National Treasures which are not now in the country instead scattered across the world.
Here is a list of some of those lost Indian National Treasures and brief information about them. These treasures were taken from the country several centuries ago and now are placed in a highly renowned museums and galleries.
Jade Wine Cup (Shah Jahan)
This milky white colored jade cup is now in Victoria & Albert Museum, London. It is one of the most important objects that exist from one of the most legendary dynasty of the country. It was added to the treasure of Shah Jahan in 1657 AD.
These are the limestone slabs on which various important events that took place in the life of Buddha have been etched meticulously. These artifacts which once belonged to the country as a part of Buddha Stupa are now in British Museum, London.
This piece of National Treasure belongs to Hyderabad’s Nizam’s family. This is a beautiful green enamel body parrot with the artistic work of diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones on it. It is now a part of Christie’s collection in New York.
Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
This throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was State’s Property which was seized by the British in the year 1849. This one of the most splendid thrones was first displayed with all of other possessions of the country in 1851 at the Great Exhibition. The throne is an existing evident of luxurious life of Maharaja and is simply opulent.
This throne was crafted between the time period of 1820 and 1830. the shape of the throne is the octagonal and the inspiration for its design has been taken from the craft during Mughals.
Tiger of Tipu Sultan
It is lacquered and etched wooden shell. It is depicting a man being eaten by a tiger. This treasure of India is one of the most exquisite and expensive possessions of Tipu Sultan. Interestingly, on turning the handle on tiger’s side, the forearm of the men begin to move and this act makes the tiger growl and a gloomy sounds are uttered by the victim. This antique of Tipu Sultan was successful in earning lots of admiration when for the first time it was displayed before the general public in the year 1808 in the museum of East India Company.
This is not all, there are numerous other National Treasures of India which are now found in different parts of the country like the Pearl Canopy of Baroda and the Kohinoor just to name few.