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Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk - 2015 Update

The fight against illicit trafficking in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal exportation.

The Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally traded. It aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Iraqi objects that are at risk and protected by the legislation in force. Museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors are encouraged not to acquire such objects without having carefully and thoroughly researched their origin and all the relevant legal documentation.

Due to the great diversity of objects, styles and periods, the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk is far from exhaustive. Any cultural good that could have originated from Iraq should be subjected to detailed scrutiny and precautionary measures.

 

Download the 2015 Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk in English 

Download the 2015 Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk in Arabic   

Download the 2015 Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk in French 

Download the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk 2015 in German 

Download the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk 2015 in Turkish 

Acknowledgements

ICOM thanks the invaluable help of the experts who contributed to the List, without whom its publication would not have been possible. These are, in alphabetical order:

 

 

 

ICOM wishes to thank all the institutions and people who so generously provided the images of the objects presented in the 2015 Iraqi Emergency Red List:

 

  • Museum für Islamische Kunst – SMB, Berlin
  • State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Baghdad
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Trustees of the British Museum, London
  • Vorderasiatisches Museum – SMB, Berlin