New York Appeals Court Orders Return of Ancient Gold Tablet

01 Jun 2012 7:57 AM | Anonymous
New York Appeals Court Orders Return of Ancient Gold Tablet

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- An ancient gold tablet found among the belongings of a deceased Holocaust survivor must be returned to the German museum from which it disappeared during World War Two, a New York appeals court has ruled.

The tablet, which has been dated to the 13th century BC, was found in the effects of Long Island, New York, resident Riven Flamenbaum, who died in 2003. Flamenbaum's children have been claiming they have legal title to the tablet since 2006.

But on Wednesday, the Appellate Division, Second Department, ruled that the Vorderasiatisches Museum is the rightful owner of the tiny gold tablet, which details the construction of a Middle Eastern temple and has been dated to the reign of King Tukulti-Ninurta I of Assyria, who ruled between 1243 and 1207 BC.


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