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2,800-Year-Old Cursed Assyrian Stele Brings Bad Luck for Police Commissioner



2,800-Year-Old Cursed Assyrian Stele Brings Bad Luck for Police Commissioner






Whoever discards this image from the presence of Salmanu puts it into another place, whether he throws it into water or covers it with earth or brings and places it into a taboo house where it is inaccessible, may the god Salmanu, the great lord, overthrow his sovereignty; may his name and his seed disappear in the land; may he live in a contingent together with the slave women of his land


These are the translated words of the curse etched onto an ancient Assyrian artifact dating back to 800 BC, which is currently at the center of a dispute between its former owner and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London. The Commissioner is being sued by a Lebanese antiquities dealer after the police confiscated the relic due to questions about its provenance. The stele is in two pieces and the British Museum is the keeper of the top half of the ‘cursed’ relic. They declined to purchase the bottom half when it went up for auction in 2014 due to doubts about how it came to be in the hands of the dealer.


Tell Sheikh Hamad in Syria, where the upper portion of the stele was found.


Tell Sheikh Hamad in Syria, where the upper portion of the stele was found. (Eastern Atlas)







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