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
29-19-1
B9
Wand
29-105-217
View Object | 53307
Dinar
29-231-148
View Object | 66754
Door Socket
29-19-1
View Object | 118319
Barrel Cylinder
B9
View Object | 33757

73-5-557
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61-5-352
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31-50-212
31-16-733
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Sword
73-5-557
View Object | 292295
Helmet
61-5-352
View Object | 53315
Chain
31-50-212
View Object | 53602
Figurine
31-16-733
View Object | 292232

69-12-15
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B8904
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29-20-1
29-103-789
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Wine Jar
69-12-15
View Object | 291102
Mortuary Statue
B8904
View Object | 53253
Boundary Stone
29-20-1
View Object | 193367
Sarcophagus Lid
29-103-789
View Object | 53262

37-11-61
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B16676.14
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B5304
B16105
Bowl
37-11-61
View Object | 308954
Ur-Namu Stele
B16676.14
View Object | 53613
Tablet
B5304
View Object | 53295
Tablet
B16105
View Object | 8394

L-29-309
B16106
31-17-7
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B10000
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Brick Stamp
L-29-309
View Object | 53294
Tablet
B16106
View Object | 53623
Foundation Tablet
31-17-7
View Object | 308899
Tablet
B10000
View Object | 309016

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