Colonial-Era Treasures Returned to Sri Lanka by the Netherlands
A historic moment unfolded early on Wednesday as the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka oversaw the official handover of six colonial-era treasures. Among these treasures was the famed “Lewke’s cannon,” adorned with gold, silver, and bronze, a symbol of cultural significance.
The artifacts, which also included the Cannon of Kandy, a Gold kastane, Singalese knife, a Silver kastane, and Two guns, were returned to Sri Lanka in response to the country’s request. Minister Vidura Wickramanayake accepted these prized possessions at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Acknowledging the wrongful acquisition during the colonial period, the Dutch government noted that these objects held immense historical value and were obtained either through duress or looting.