US orders return of rare Gilgamesh Dream Tablet from Museum of the Bible

By The Christian Post

This rare cuneiform tablet is inscribed with a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, | ICE

Federal authorities in New York filed a civil complaint Monday asking for the forfeiture of a rare artifact bearing a portion of an epic Sumerian poem known as the “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” that was unlawfully acquired by an auction house and later sold to Hobby Lobby to be displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.  

According to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations office in New York, the poem is considered one of the world’s oldest works of literature. The piece originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and authorities believe that is where the piece should be returned. 

Authorities said once the artifact “entered the United States contrary to federal law,” it was sold by an international auction house, known as the Auction House, to Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. for display at the Museum of the Bible. 

Source:The Christian Post