Iraq Museum

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Iraq Museum


the largest art museum in Iraq; located in Baghdad. Founded in 1923, the museum is located in a modern architectural complex specially built for it in 1957–63 (architect W. March). It contains collections of remains of primitive culture; treasures of Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian art; and Parthian, Sassanid, and Moslem works of art. The collections of the museum consist primarily of finds made by archaeological expeditions that have worked in Iraq.


Sokrovishcha Iraka. Drevnee Dvurech’e. [Moscow, 1968.] (Exhibit catalogue.)
Guidebook to the Iraq Museum. Baghdad, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.

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