UK seeks to re­tain price­less In­dian tray

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - World - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

LON­DON:A rare 17th-cen­tury tray pro­duced in Bi­dar in south­ern In­dia that ex­em­pli­fied In­dian su­pe­ri­or­ity in met­al­lurgy at the time - long be­fore Eng­land had the ex­per­tise - has been blocked from ex­port by the UK gov­ern­ment, which is seek­ing to re­tain and pre­serve it in Bri­tain.

De­scribed by the UK’S de­part­ment of dig­i­tal, me­dia, cul­ture and sport as “mys­te­ri­ous and unique”, the art­work has been as­sessed by ex­perts to be at risk of be­ing ex­ported from the UK un­less a buyer can be found and re­tained within the UK.

A de­ci­sion on its ex­port li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion will be de­ferred un­til April 17, which may be ex­tended un­til July 17.

The tray, deemed to be of un­par­al­leled fi­nesse, was made us­ing a met­al­work­ing tech­nique known as ‘Bidri’, the name deriving from the cap­i­tal city of the Bah­mani sul­tanate of the Dec­can, a ma­jor Mus­lim king­dom in me­dieval In­dia.

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