Tuesday, February 17, 2009

From Germany to Iraq

Rolf Kleine, reporting from Baghdad, has written about the arrival of a German delegation including the President of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Professor Hermann Parzinger ("Was will der Außenminister im Irak?", Bild.de February 17, 2009). He is returning an object seized by police in Germany in 2005: an axe inscribed, "The divine Schulgi, the strong man, the king of Ur, king of Sumer and the Akkadians".

The piece apparently surfaced at TEFAF in Maastricht (see background).

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