They will be handed over to the Iraq Museum
in Baghdad, part of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq.
The pieces will be handed over to the Iraq Museum
in Baghdad to be displayed as part of Iraq's cultural heritage.
They will be returned to the Iraq Museum
, part of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq, via the British Museum.
I had the privilege of seeing many of these artifacts in a visit to the Iraq Museum
only a few years before US soldiers looted it.
The brutal attack on the Mosul Cultural Museum shown in the Islamic State's video of February 26, 2015 targeted one of the most important cultural institutions of Iraq, the second largest museum in the country after the Iraq Museum
in Baghdad, and sparked a new wave of cultural cleansing.
The new statue is part of a wider project to recreate more than 7,000 objects looted from the Iraq Museum
in 2003 or destroyed at archaeological sites in the aftermath of the Iraq War.
She set up the Iraq Museum
in Baghdad, and served as the honorary director of antiquities in Iraq.
The 2003 looting of the Iraq Museum
in Baghdad remains the preeminent example in the context of an international armed conflict, (12) but similar looting of museums has taken place in non-international armed conflicts.
For a detailed breakdown of the number of objects stolen and their classifications, see Matthew Bogdanos, "The Casualties of War: The Truth about the Iraq Museum
," American Journal of Archaeology Vol.
Maybe it would have raised enough awareness to take precautions ahead of the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when Baghdad's Iraq museum
was looted of thousands of antiquities.
One was the interest and dedication shown by numerous US soldiers who contacted us, sent us photos of seized antiquities, and even offered to check up on nearby archaeological sites--occasionally at great risk to themselves." In addition, some objects were returned anonymously, possibly because The Iraq Museum
and its collection are a symbol of national pride, beyond greed.
A look at the devastation wrought by years of nationwide looting during the war in Iraq, particularly the 2003 plunder of Baghdad's Iraq Museum
and the catastrophic impact on Iraq's archaeological and cultural heritage, is included in the exhibition.