Hobby Lobby Owner Had to Return Illegally Obtained Gilgamesh Tablet

Hobby Lobby acquired the cuneiform tablet for display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Health Editor’s Note: This is why I have not shopped at Hobby Lobby in a very long time. I also have never been to a Jimmy Johns because he is a big game hunter and proudly displays his kills. I do not buy gas at BP because of their negligence that caused the devastating oil spill in the gulf and have never been to Chick Fillet due to the founder’s negative ideas towards anyone who he think do not practice “christian (not capitalized on purpose) beliefs”  As well has any business who either displayed or continue to display trump (not captialized on purpose) signs….Carol

Smuggled Gilgamesh Dream Tablet Returns to Iraq

by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com

Editor’s Note, September 23, 2021: Two months after Hobby Lobby forfeited the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet to the United States government, the 3,500-year-old artifact is officially headed home to Iraq. As Colleen Long reports for the Associated Press (AP), the cuneiform tablet will be repatriated this afternoon in a ceremony held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

“By returning these illegally acquired objects, the authorities here in the United States and in Iraq are allowing the Iraqi people to reconnect with a page in their history,” says Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay in a statement. “This exceptional restitution is a major victory over those who mutilate heritage and then traffic it to finance violence and terrorism.”

Read more about the rare artifact below.

In 2014, the craft retailer Hobby Lobby purchased a rare cuneiform tablet inscribed with a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest known works of literature. The artifact was acquired for display at the Museum of the Bible, a Washington, D.C. institution funded by the family of Hobby Lobby founder David Green. Read More:


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  1. Let’s see what an old Mason says about ‘Gilgamesh’-
    Quotes from the book The Beginning of Masonry by Frank C Higgins-
     ” …in old Babylonia where a mystery drama was performed by the priests, showing the adventures of a mythical hero, sometimes called Gilgamesh and sometimes Izdubar, who was slain and revived at the winter solstice. This was when the winter solstice was in Pisces, and so the hierophants were dressed as fish and were surrounded by 10 other figures wearing animal heads as masks representatives of the months. The hero was of course the month of the Ram, making 12 in all. The story of Joseph and his brethren is a beautiful rendition of this universal mystery drama.
    “The division of this year-circle into 12 equal parts is one of the pillars of geometry, as its further section into 360 is of mathematics. Neither is an arbitrary process, but each is founded on fixed natural principles.
    …These ceremonies spread to the West, and were the basis of Druidism. The 12-stone circles remain in many parts of Europe.
    The stories of Samson and Hercules are founded on them.
    Elijah erected one of these circles, in the midst of which he placed his sun altar when he confuted the priests of Baal.
    “We find the number 12 predominating in all the arrangements of the Israelites…
    “The allegory of king Solomon’s Temple so closely parallel, upon real historical happenings to a material edifice, was that of the fruitful year, with its bountiful harvest and various other blessings,..”

  2. Private collections have been responsible for many highly valued preservations, which “possibly” might not have survived otherwise.
    The integrity of the custodian is more important than the “office” or the “title.” I wouldn’t be surprised if certain artifacts have made their way secretly from state possession to black market, and if some made it on the sly from museum treasure to banned and burned heap.
    But I really don’t know much about it.
    That’s just my opinion.

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