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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Cursed Hindu relic coming to London

Paging Dr. Indiana Jones to the white courtesy phone... Dr. Jones to the courtesy phone, please. A cursed diamond known as the Black Orlov or "Eye of Brahma" will soon be going on display in the Natural History Museum in London:

A rare black diamond said to have been cursed when it was removed from a Hindu idol in India two centuries ago is to go on public display for the first time in Britain. [...] The diamond was discovered in India in the early 1800s, when it weighed 195 carats. It was allegedly cursed - as were all its future owners - when a monk removed the gem from the eye of the idol of Brahma at a shrine near Pondicherry in India. At least three former owners have apparently killed themselves. In 1932, J W Paris, the diamond dealer who imported the stone to the United States, jumped to his death from one of New York's tallest buildings shortly after concluding the sale of the jewel. And 15 years later, a [pair of] Russian princesses, Nadia Vyegin-Orlov and Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky, leapt to their deaths within a month of each other.
You throw me the idol, I throw you the whip! The museum's website is here; the exhibition here.


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