A Babylonian cuneiform kudurru (boundary stone) which was looted from Iraq on March 19, 2019 sits on a cushion at the British museum in London. AFP / Tolga Akmen
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A 3,000-year-old carved stone tablet from Babylonia, which promises a curse on those who would destroy it, is to be flown home from Britain after being looted during the Iraq War. British Museum boss Hartwig Fischer handed over the priceless work to Iraqi Ambassador Salih Husain Ali during a ceremony Tuesday after museum experts had verified its provenance.The kudurru is a ceremonial stone tablet recording the legal gifting of land by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar I to one of his subjects in return for distinguished service, according to curator Jonathan Taylor.Taylor said the object also carried "terrible curses" for anyone trying to claim the land or damage the tablet.
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