Royal sword Kastane handed over to National Museum

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By Lahiru Pothmulla   
 The royal sword, Kastane, which was gifted to President Maithripala Sirisena by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was handed over to the National Museum yesterday.   

The Director of the National Museum Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi, said Sri Lanka receiving a piece of its lost heritage was a remarkable event.   

“The valuable artefact which was lost for some reason, had finally returned to the country. We should commend Russian President Vladimir Put in for gifting the Kastane to our President and we should thank President Maithripala Sirisena for handing over the artefact to the National Museum,” she told Daily Mirror.   

She said the Kastane would be placed at the Weapons Gallery for the public viewing.   

The Kandyan Kastane of the 19th century was gifted to the President from President Putin during his state visit to Russia in March this year.   

The sword had been brought to England in 1906 and later bought by Russia at the leading archeological artifact auction house, Sotheby’s in London.   

It was auctioned at the Sotheby’s Auction House on December 19, 2006.