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Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk

This document has been designed as a tool for customs officials, police officers, art dealers and collectors to help them to recognize objects that could originate from Iraq.

This Red List describes the general types of artefacts most favoured by the illegal antiquities market, so that these may be identified and detained wherever they surface. They are protected by legislation, banned from export and may under no circumstances be imported or put on sale. An appeal is therefore being made to museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors not to acquire them.

This is a list of the types of objects from Iraq which are particularly at risk and are likely to have been stolen. It is in no way exhaustive. Because of the tremendous variety of objects, styles, and periods, any antiquity from Iraq should be treated with suspicion.

This Red List was drawn up by a group of 12 international experts during a meeting held at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon (France) on 7 May 2003.

The Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk - Version 2015:

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

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  

The Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk - Version 2003:

Download the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk in English 

Download the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk in Arabic 

Download the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk in French 

Acknowledgements

 

The Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk was drawn up by the following experts during a meeting held in Lyon (France) at INTERPOL headquarters on 7 May 2003. ICOM would like to thank them for participating in this project and for their contribution.

 

Belgium
Prof. Hermann Gacshe
Field Director, Belgian Archaeological Expedition to Iraq
Gent University
Gent

Denmark
Prof. Ingolf Thuesen
Director, Carsten Niebuhr Institute for Near Eastern Studies
Copenhagen

France
Beatrice André Salvini
Chief Curator, Ancient Near East Department,
Louvre Museum
Paris

Jacques Lasfargues
Chief curator
Fourviière Archaeological
Lyon

Germany
Dr. Ralf B. Wartke
Deputy Director of Museum of the Ancient Near East
Berlin

Italy
Prof. Roberta Ricciardi Venco
Associate professor, University of Torino Department of Archaeology
Torino

Japan
Dr. Hiromichi Oguchi
Associate Professor
Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq
Kokushikan University
Tokyo

Netherlands
Prof. Diederik J.W. Meijer
Faculteit der Archeologie
Leiden

Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ali S. Al Moghanam
Assistant Deputy Minister of Museums
Deputy Ministry of Antiquities and Museums
Riyadh

United Kingdom
David Lewis
Museum Assistant, Department of Ancient Near East
The British Museum
London

United States of America
Yasser Tabbaa
Assistant Professor, Department of Art,
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

John M. Russell
Chair, Critical Studies Department
Massachusetts College of Art
Boston, MA

ICOM
Manus Brinkman, Secretary General
Valérie Jullien, Communications Officer