Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Tuesday, April 22, 2003

The missing 4,300-year-old
bronze mask of an Akkadian today linked to Melbourne, Australia's

Art collectors and dealers say they are already getting queries about artifacts looted from Iraq's museums, and the FBI said today at least one suspected piece had been seized at an American airport...People in the United States already buy about 60 per cent of the world's art, both legal and illegal...Customs agents at an unspecified US airport seized at least one item believed stolen from a Baghdad museum...Customs officials declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation. But they did say that Customs agents at ports of entry nationwide are on the lookout for Assyrian, Sumerian, Mesopotamian and other treasures believed stolen...The FBI will work closely with art collectors, auction houses, museum curators and even online sellers such as eBay to track down any Iraqi pieces offered for sale in the United States.
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