Items looted from the Iraq Museum

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Posted by Andreas from ( on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 10:49AM :

Catalogue of looted of the Iraq Museum

You can download the catalogue pics from the databank given below and burn them on CD or whatever else ...



The looting of the Iraq Museum

What objects are on this database?

The illustrations here are from the only detailed catalogue of the museum, Treasures of the Iraq Museum by Dr Faraj Basmachi, published in Baghdad in 1975/6. We should stress that at this stage there is no detailed information on what objects have been looted, what have been damaged and what are safe. Nevertheless, the images in the Treasures of the Iraq Museum represent many of the most important objects from the collection, which numbers some 170,000 pieces.

The images are presented in the order in which they appear in the book, which is chronological:

Pre-history (sixth-fourth millennium BC), cat. nos 1-20

Sumerian (fourth-third millennium BC), cat. nos 21-132

Assyrian (second millennium-seventh century BC, cat. nos. 133-195

Hatrene, Parthian and Sassanid (third century BC-third century AD), cat. nos. 196-257

Islamic (eighth-16th century) cat. nos. 258-296

Inventory numbers

Each object from the National Museum has a seven- or eight-digit accession number, normally written in black ink. There is often another number connected with the archaeological dig. Obviously these numbers may now be cleaned off or obscured.

What to do if you spot one of these objects

If any items are spotted on art market (they may have been damaged during the looting or deliberately altered in an attempt to disguise their origin), then it is vital that this be reported. The British Museum has agreed to act as a conduit of information, in the absence of telecommunications links with Baghdad and until UNESCO has decided on more formal channels.

Information should be sent urgently to the British Museum's Department for the Ancient Near East.
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7323 8313
Fax: 44(0)20 7323 8489

You could in addition, contact Anna Somers Cocks, Editor, The Art Newspaper.
E-mail: a.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7735 3331
Fax: +44 (0)20 7735 3332


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