Near East & Babylonian Sections Collection Highlights


The Museum has a long history of fieldwork in the Middle East, beginning with the late 19th century excavations at Nippur, early Mesopotamia's pre- eminent religious center, in modern-day Iraq. The Nippur excavations were the first American archaeological project in that part of the world. Since that time, the Museum has worked in nearly every country in the Middle East, with research including not only archaeological surveys and excavations, but also ethnographic studies. The Babylonian Section houses a collection of nearly 30,000 clay tablets inscribed in Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, making it one of the ten largest collections in the world. The vast majority of the texts derive from the Museum's excavations at Nippur, with smaller excavated groups of tablets from Ur, Billa, Malyan, and Fara. The Section contains the largest number of Sumerian school tablets and literary compositions of any of the world's museums and its curators/scholars focus largely on the study of the language, history, and literature of the ancient Near East. The Near East collections include nearly 90,000 artifacts housed in three main geographic areas - Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine, and Iran-with another sub-section focused primarily on materials from the Islamic world.

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73-5-557
69-12-15
31-50-212
NEP33
Sword
73-5-557
View Object | 33756
Wine Jar
69-12-15
View Object | 53603
Chain
31-50-212
View Object | 53602
Manuscript
NEP33
View Object | 89496

29-21-1
29-231-148
37-11-61
Object On Display
B16676.14
Relief
29-21-1
View Object | 53631
Dinar
29-231-148
View Object | 66754
Bowl
37-11-61
View Object | 53649
Ur-Namu Stele
B16676.14
View Object | 9095

31-16-733
61-5-352
29-105-217
Object On Display
32-41-25
Figurine
31-16-733
View Object | 53563
Helmet
61-5-352
View Object | 53315
Wand
29-105-217
View Object | 53307
Human Figurine
32-41-25
View Object | 53260

29-103-789
Object On Display
30-12-702
Object On Display
B17712A
B17694A
Object On Display
Sarcophagus Lid
29-103-789
View Object | 53262
Statue
30-12-702
View Object | 71187
Earring
B17712A
View Object | 189756
Lyre Fragment
B17694A
View Object | 53263

B17694B
Object On Display
B8904
Object On Display
29-20-1
B5304
Lyre Fragment
B17694B
View Object | 114210
Mortuary Statue
B8904
View Object | 53253
Boundary Stone
29-20-1
View Object | 53630
Tablet
B5304
View Object | 53295

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