LATIF AL ANI

Latif Al-Ani (b. 1932).

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Museum of Lost Objects: Looted Sumerian Seal

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In April 2003, almost the entire collection of ancient cylinder seals was stolen from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad – and it remains missing.

In the chaotic, violent April of 2003, as US tanks rolled into Baghdad, the Iraq Museum was broken into and pillaged. Looters rampaged through the halls, storerooms, and cellars, stealing more than 15,000 precious objects.

“It was terrible. You didn’t want to believe it,” says Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani, who worked for many years at the museum before moving to London.

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