Britain has decided to return the 4,000-year-old statue to Iraq. Specialist London police unit called the expert of the museum after the online sales platform granted the artifact for a deal last year in the month of May with some very few details of its own origin. After providing the short information as a “Western Asiatic Akkadian tablet”. The experts found limestone wall plaque originated from the antiquated Sumerian temple at the beginning of 2,400 BC.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the temple was shoveled and robbed. Later that, it was looted in the 1990s at the time of the Gulf war. If we talk about most recently, then it occurred in 2003 during the Iraq war.
British Museum released a statement where they said that this essential part was illegally expelled from Iraq and later then discovered by the authorities of the UK.
These Temple plaque are scarce and only 50 are known. An authority situated in London said the government of Iraq has generously allowed it to display at the museum.
The director of Hartwig Fischer stated, The British Museum is thoroughly devoted to the action against illegal trade and destruction to cultural heritage.
A police officer of Metropolitan police, Jim Wingrave asked artifacts consumers to deal with an absolute due sedulity process before any purchase.
In July 2019, British Museum released a statement where it said that they are planning to return several robbed antique artefacts from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The museum had to suffer a lot of criticism from different countries to not be able to return the items which it was promising to. It also includes Greece’s Elgin Marble, which was being claimed for a long while. Stay connected with us to get the latest updates from India and around the world.