[size=36]Iraq receives 5 new artifacts from America[/size]
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, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Sahaf, announced today, Saturday, that Iraq has received five new artifacts from the United States of America.
Al-Sahaf said in a statement received by Mawazine News that "Iraq's ambassador to the United States, Farid Yassin, received five artifacts that had been stolen during the past thirty years," noting that "these efforts come to return the smuggled artifacts to Iraq."
"The extradition ceremony was attended by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the United States Department of Homeland Security's New York City Deputy Special Agent in charge of Homeland Security Eric Rosenblatt," he added.
He pointed out that "Ambassador Farid Yassin received two artifacts recovered from Michael Steinhardt and three other artifacts in their possession, and they are being investigated," noting that "the recovered artifacts are valued at hundreds of thousands of US dollars."
In his turn, the Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, Farid Yassin, said upon receiving the artifacts, "I am grateful to the Manhattan District Attorney and the staff in his office for their continuous and successful efforts to combat antiquities smuggling, as they were able, through their efforts, to recover these valuable artifacts, of historical significance to Iraq.
He pointed out, "These pieces are part of the history and heritage of the Iraqi people and therefore belong to Iraq, and they will be displayed in public museums in front of the Iraqi people to increase their appreciation of their history and culture."
Regarding the details of the recovered artifacts, he said, "Among the artifacts recovered from the Steinhardt collection is an ivory plate dating back to (701-800 BC), which depicts a winged sphinx with a human head, which was used to decorate furniture. The royal period of King Sargon I (721-725 BC) in Nimrud.The ivory plaque is worth about 450 thousand dollars and was looted during the 1990s in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm.The piece first appeared on the international art market on November 2, 1954. 1994, and it was bought by Steinhardt on September 10, 2010.
He continued, "The second piece recovered from Steinhardt's collection is a bowl with a scalloped flower, valued at $200,000, looted from Nimrud, a city located in northern Iraq dating back to the Neo-Assyrian period (911-612 BC). ), before it was trafficked by the terrorist Daesh, as the golden bowl appeared in the international art market for the first time on the twenty-second of October 2019, and Steinhardt bought it on the tenth of July 2020.”
As for the other three artifacts, he added, "It includes a group of Mandaean manuscripts, valued at $8,500.00, and two cylindrical boxes with separate lids, valued at $15,000.00 each." Ended 29/N33