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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has announced the imminent return of six Sri Lankan colonial artifacts, currently housed in the prestigious Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. 

The artifacts, including the notable Lewke’s cannon, a Golden Kasthane, a Silver Kasthane, a Sinhalese Knife, and two Guns, are slated to be repatriated to Sri Lanka in the first week of December, marking the end of their more than 200-year sojourn abroad.

Leading the mission on behalf of the Netherlands is the Dutch Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation, Dewi van de Weerd. The formal handover is scheduled to take place during a two-day event at the Colombo National Museum on December 5 and 6. This event, open to the public, will not only witness the physical return of these artifacts but also feature activities designed to educate both the young and old on the extensive shared history between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

In an official statement, the Embassy highlighted the significance of this restitution, emphasizing the Netherlands' commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka and addressing its colonial past.


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  • Bruder De Crooz Monday, 27 November 2023 04:51 PM

    May be gifted to MR/GR for winning the War !!

    Ranaweera Monday, 27 November 2023 05:15 PM

    It would have been better to be in Holland. Our people cannot look after these precious artefacts. Waite and see within 5 years it will be stolen.

    Lena Fernando Monday, 27 November 2023 07:26 PM

    So True. Will be stolen, The colombo Museum is relatively emptied from 50years ago.

    Joe Monday, 27 November 2023 05:22 PM

    Wonderful additions to the Madamulana collection!

    Nihal Monday, 27 November 2023 10:15 PM

    When Sri Lankan lower caste and poor people were converted to Christianity by the European Missionaries , the people were brainwashed to accept “we Sri Lankans are an inferior people with primitive tools and believing in inferior religions”. Then how come the inferior people with inferior tools owned GUNS and CANNONS ?

    Nimal Tuesday, 28 November 2023 07:56 AM

    For future generations, it is better to safe keep these national treasures in Holland than in Sri Lanka. They have a tendency to go missing within a short period of time here in SL.

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 28 November 2023 08:34 AM

    Returns only to be looted by the political thugs from 200 year exile from Reijksmuseum. This museum, like many other in Europe, is the treasure trove of the looted artefect around the world. Colonial Criminals commited crime against humanity, cultural rape and genocide but still proud of the dirty legacy!!!!

    Buddhist Tuesday, 28 November 2023 05:37 PM

    Which Rajapaksa will take this home?

    NERUPUMA R Tuesday, 28 November 2023 06:46 PM

    we are ready to receive

    tissa atapattu Wednesday, 29 November 2023 02:52 AM

    these valuable historical items will be safer in holland.

    tissa atapattu Wednesday, 29 November 2023 02:52 AM

    these valuable historical items will be safer in holland.


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