DSGMC to bid for rare armour of 10th Sikh Guru

HSSThe Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Committee on Tuesday said it was willing to shell out any amount to get back a steel plate armour, which is claimed to be of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, but only after checking its authenticity.

The armour, in the possession of London`s premier auction house — Sotheby`s — will go under the hammer on April 11, however, its provenance is yet to be established.

The auction house has presented it as a "rare Sikh armour" which measures 29 by 21 cm.

Harvinder Singh Sarna, former president of the DSGMC, said they would leave no stone unturned to bring back the armour to India, if it was proved that the steel plate belongs to Guru Gobind Singh.

"We have a representative in London, who is consulting the auction house. If it is proved that armour belongs to Guru Saheban, then we are going to get it at any cost," he said.

"We will ensure that our heritage is not lost. But we will participate in the bid, only if we are satisfied. We cannot bring any ordinary armour here," he said.

Jasjeet Singh, who once contested the committee elections, is based in London and is representing the DSGMC.

The catalogue of the auction house describes the armour as "rectangular slightly convex form, decorated with gold overlay with a central panel of calligraphy with six horizontal inscription bands bordered by scrolling split- palmette and floral bands, four loops to corner with palmette terminals and foliate gold overlaid decoration".

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