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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B10000
B9
B13885
B16106
Tablet
B10000
View Object | 56115
Barrel Cylinder
B9
View Object | 33757
Tablet
B13885
View Object | 113404
Tablet
B16106
View Object | 53623

B14156
NEP6
30-12-702
Object On Display
B17694A
Object On Display
Tablet
B14156
View Object | 126576
Textile
NEP6
View Object | 53280
Statue
30-12-702
View Object | 71187
Lyre Fragment
B17694A
View Object | 53263

B17694B
Object On Display
29-20-3
31-17-8
B14221
Lyre Fragment
B17694B
View Object | 114210
Statue
29-20-3
View Object | 53628
Figurine
31-17-8
View Object | 237062
Tablet
B14221
View Object | 53633

B16105
Tablet
B16105
View Object | 8394
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