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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29-105-217
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29-231-148
37-11-61
29-19-1
Wand
29-105-217
View Object | 53307
Dinar
29-231-148
View Object | 66754
Bowl
37-11-61
View Object | 53658
Door Socket
29-19-1
View Object | 118319

29-103-789
Object On Display
31-50-212
B8904
Object On Display
B16676.14
Sarcophagus Lid
29-103-789
View Object | 53262
Chain
31-50-212
View Object | 53602
Mortuary Statue
B8904
View Object | 53253
Ur-Namu Stele
B16676.14
View Object | 9095

61-5-352
31-16-733
69-12-15
73-5-557
Helmet
61-5-352
View Object | 53315
Figurine
31-16-733
View Object | 53563
Wine Jar
69-12-15
View Object | 223497
Sword
73-5-557
View Object | 33756

B14156
31-17-7
B9
B5304
Tablet
B14156
View Object | 126576
Foundation Tablet
31-17-7
View Object | 53562
Barrel Cylinder
B9
View Object | 33757
Tablet
B5304
View Object | 53295

B10000
B13885
B17712A
Object On Display
B17694A
Object On Display
Tablet
B10000
View Object | 261796
Tablet
B13885
View Object | 261833
Earring
B17712A
View Object | 189756
Lyre Fragment
B17694A
View Object | 53263

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