What are antiquities?
- According to the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972, an “antiquity” is an article or object that is at least 100 years old. These illustrate the science, art, crafts or customs or religion or literature of a bygone age, or anything of historical interest.
- As per the Act, Antiquity includes:
- any coin, sculpture, painting epigraph or other work of art or craftsmanship;
- any article, object or thing detached from a building or cave;
- any article, object or thing illustrative of science, art, crafts, literature, religion, customs, morals or politics in bygone ages;
- any article, object or thing of historical interest;
- any article, object or thing declared by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, to be an antiquity for the purposes of this Act
- If it is a manuscript or record of any scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic value, it should be at least 75 years’ old.
- What is an art treasure?
- 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.