A New York federal court has ordered US craft store Hobby Lobby to forfeit an an…

A New York federal court has ordered US craft store Hobby Lobby to forfeit an ancient artifact purchased at a 2014 auction that “originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and entered the United States contrary to federal law,” the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The artifact — known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet — is inscribed with a portion of “Gilgamesh,” an epic poem considered one of the world’s oldest works of literature. In 2014, Hobby Lobby, a privately owned arts and crafts retailer whose president is also the chairman of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, bought the clay tablet for display in the museum from an international auction house for $1,674,000. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ⁠

(📸: The Department of Justice)⁠

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  1. sounds like an instance of “we didn’t get the tax percentage that we wanted when this came into the country, so when you attempt to buy it again— or any one else, we can collect” i literally hate everything

  2. Oh look another Sumerian tablet. Human civilizations are a lot older than we were made to believe

  3. How is that even legal to just take something another person paid $1.6M for?! Also why does hobby lobby own this 🤣

  4. Can somebody, anybody tell me why would Hobby Lobby be dabbling in stolen historical artifacts tho?

  5. Wonder what else he has in his museum that was obtained under questionable circumstances. 🤔


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