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SINGAPORE AND INDIA SIGN AGREEMENT

Singapore and India today signed an Agreement on the Loan of Artefacts to the Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore. The agreement is signed by Dr Tan Chin Nam, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Republic of Singapore; and Mr Dhanendra Kumar, Secretary, Department of Culture, Republic of India. The signing is witnessed by Mr David T E Lim, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Republic of Singapore and Mr Shri Jagmohan, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Republic of India.

The signing of the agreement marks the third installment of the long-term loan of Indian artefacts to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Singapore is the first country to have secured loan agreements of such a long term nature (10 years for each installment of artefacts) from the Archaeological Survey of India and the National Museum, New Delhi - both the custodians of India's national collections.

Such agreements to share one country�s cultural heritage with another are rather rare, and the present agreement is a mark of the special relationship between India and Singapore in the cultural sphere of cooperation.

This agreement covers the loan of artefacts from Archaeological Survey of India, including stone sculptures. The highlight of this loan is the Dome Slab representing three votive stupas with three devotees, 1st-2nd Century CE. This agreement is the last of three batches of precious Indian artefacts lent to ACM (please see Annex for the list of artefacts). The three batches of artefacts are precious as they come from well known site museums from Amaravati, Konarak, Vidisha and Halebid.

The first loan by the Archaeological Survey of India comprising three Indian temple stone sculptures was handpicked, initiated and unveiled by Indian President K R Narayanan in November 2000 during his state visit to Singapore. The second loan came from the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi which comprises stone sculptures, decorative arts and paintings on paper. This third loan comprises six sculptures, five from Amaravati and one from Konarak.

ACM has also greatly benefited from other international donors and lenders, and will continue to build our relations with other countries to bring more precious artefacts to the museum to benefit our visitors.

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Issued by: Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MITA)
Republic of Singapore

Date: 1 March 2003
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ANNEX

 

List Of Artefacts on loan from The Archaeological Survey of India

(THIRD BATCH)

 

1. AGNISKANDA

Pilaster showing the worship of Buddha who is represented in the form of a column of fire (2nd - 1st Century BCE).

(Provenance: Amravati, District - Guntur, Andhra Pradesh;
Archaeological Museum, Amravati, Guntur, Accession No.200,
Size- 74x33x10 cms., Material - lime stone).

2. DOME SLAB

Dome slab representing three votive stupas with three devotees (1st -2nd Century CE).

(Provenance: Amravati, District - Guntur, Andhra Pradesh;
Archaeological Museum, Amravati, Guntur, Accession No.209,
Size- 112x34x8 cms., Material - lime stone).

3. COPING SLAB

Coping slab showing Buddha in Dhyanamudra with two fly whisk bearers and two devotees on either sides (1st - 2nd Century CE).

(Provenance: Amravati, District - Guntur, Andhra Pradesh;
Archaeological Museum, Amravati, Guntur, Accession No.261,
Size- 115x15x29 cms., Material - lime stone).

4. DOME SLAB

Dome slab representing four triratna symbols in full form and floral border below (1st -2nd Century CE).

(Provenance: Amravati, District - Guntur, Andhra Pradesh;
Archaeological Museum, Amravati, Guntur, Accession No.383,
Size- 120x36x10 cms., Material - lime stone).

5. DOME SLAB

Dome slab showing the worship of Dharmachakra by fly whisk bearer (1st -2nd Century CE).

(Provenance: Amravati, District - Guntur, Andhra Pradesh;
Archaeological Museum, Amravati, Guntur, Accession No.529,
Size- 58x48x13 cms., Material - lime stone).

6. LEOGRYPH

Leogryph with standing posture. Broad face and large eyes with open mouth, long tongue, tail, decorated having ornamental designed. Hind legs broken (13th Century CE). 

(Provenance: Konark, District - Puri, Orissa;
Archaeological Museum, Konark, Puri, Accession No.115,
Size- 67x30 cms., Material - Stone/ Light Brown).

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