Possession of antiquities, artefacts: the legal position

The Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police has warned of legal action if those in possession of antiques or artefacts without proper documentation do not hand them over within 15 days. What exactly does the law say on the possession of antiquities? Here are the answers to some key questions:

What are antiquities and art treasures?

The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972, says an “antiquity” is an article or object that is at least 100 years old. It could be a coin, sculpture, painting or epigraph, or any object or article taken from a building or a cave, or anything that illustrates the science, art, crafts or customs or religion or literature of a bygone age, or anything of historical interest. If it is a manuscript or record of any scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic value, it should be at least 75 years’ old. An art treasure is a human work of art, other than an antiquity, declared to be a treasure by the Centre for its artistic value after the artist’s death.....Read more


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