The Iraqi Museum in Baghdad contains unrivaled antiquities in the world, the New York Times said, adding in a report by its director, Alisa Rubin, that historians and archaeologists are aware of the exceptional value of these acquisitions.
However, despite the relative security situation in Baghdad these days, the city and its museum were not visited by Iraqis, as well as foreign tourists.
After the recent visit to Baghdad, the director of the Institute for Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago, Christopher Woods, reports that the Iraqi Museum "contains things that are unparalleled anywhere else in the world, especially those relating to the history of Mesopotamia."
Woods describes what he saw in the museum as a "typical combination" of historical monuments.
Alisa Robben says she was a witness to the looting and theft of the museum's holdings in 2003. When the museum's department came back 16 years later, its rooms were flooded with extraordinary items, despite the disappearance of 15,000 pieces of art.
Among the two statues of two marble objects stand majestically at least 12 feet high, with statues of men with four or five legs, and large eagle wings.
The museum was reopened in 2015 after restoration.
In addition to the museum's attempts to retrieve the looted artifacts, the most important challenge now is how to attract visitors, according to Iraqi Minister of Culture Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, who recently took office.
Al-Hamdani, an archaeologist with a doctorate from New York State University, said he ordered the museum to be open daily to the public and allowed free access to university students and higher education.
The oldest artifacts in the museum date back to about 6000 years, before the ships described by the Greek historian Homer Ababes of the Aegean Sea, or even before the codification of the Old Testament, lamented the Book of the Sacred Jews.
While there are outstanding archeological examples of Sumerian art in places outside Iraq, such as the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum, the State Museums of Berlin and the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago, the Iraqi Museum contains all the masterpieces of this art, Genoa Italian Paolo Prosasco.
Brusasco says that the amazing museum of Iraq covers a period of history stretching from the Assyrian period until the Ottoman Empire.
PUKmedia / tellerreport