Gilgamesh’s dream tablet returns to Iraq next Monday

12/05/2021 14:45

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ministry of Culture announced, on Sunday, December 5, 2021, that it will receive, on Monday, the tablet of Gilgamesh’s dream, the oldest literary work in history.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities invites all media outlets to attend the ceremony of receiving a dream tablet. The ceremony for receiving the tablet will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning next Tuesday, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad.

The efforts of Iraq represented by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, in cooperation with UNESCO and the US government, resulted in the receipt of this tablet and its return to the homeland.

It is reported that the Gilgamesh dream tablet, a “mud tablet” that exceeds 3500 years old, contains inscriptions in the Sumerian language for parts of the poetic “Epic of Gilgamesh.” It was stolen from Iraq in 1991 and traded in international auctions.

In 2007, it was introduced to the American art market. In 2019, the US Department of Justice seized it.

UNESCO described the process of recovering this valuable artifact as the culmination of decades of cooperation between countries such as the United States and Iraq, both signatories to the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which provides countries with a legal and practical framework to prevent the illicit trade in antiquities.

The return of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet symbolizes the broader international mobilization by states and organizations such as UNESCO to prevent and address the illicit trade in ancient artifacts.

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