British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraq
Three of the objects carry Sumerian inscriptions which identify their origin as the Eninnu temple in the ancient city of Girsu, now known as Tello, in southern Iraq.
The objects are believed to have been removed at night by a small number of people over a short period of time -- the scale of the looting is more limited than elsewhere in southern Iraq.
Iraq's ambassador, Salih Husain Ali, praised the museum's staff for their "exceptional efforts" in identifying the antiquities.
The objects include three fired clay cones, each with an identical cuneiform inscription which has been seen on many other items, and references the deity Ningirsu.
There is also a polished, yellowish river pebble and a fragmentary white gypsum mace-head, both of them also inscribed.
Another object is a white marble amulet pendant in the form of a reclining four-legged animal, dating back to around 3,000 BC.
A red marble square stamp seal or amulet pendant, depicting a pair of four-legged animals facing in opposite directions, is from the same period.
The final item is a white chalcedony stamp seal with a flat oval face engraved with the design of a reclining sphinx.(AFP)
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