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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B16676.14
B8904
Object On Display
29-20-1
B17694B
Object On Display
Ur-Namu Stele
B16676.14
View Object | 9095
Mortuary Statue
B8904
View Object | 53253
Boundary Stone
29-20-1
View Object | 53630
Lyre Fragment
B17694B
View Object | 114210

31-16-733
B17712A
Object On Display
31-50-212
B16105
Figurine
31-16-733
View Object | 53563
Earring
B17712A
View Object | 9215
Chain
31-50-212
View Object | 53602
Tablet
B16105
View Object | 8394

B14221
31-17-8
B14156
29-20-3
Tablet
B14221
View Object | 53633
Figurine
31-17-8
View Object | 53562
Tablet
B14156
View Object | 126576
Statue
29-20-3
View Object | 53628

NEP6
Textile
NEP6
View Object | 53280
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