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
B17694A
B17694B
29-20-3
Tablet
B10000
View Object | 112174
Lyre Fragment
B17694A
View Object | 284890
Lyre Fragment
B17694B
View Object | 284887
Statue
29-20-3
View Object | 86349

30-12-702
NEP6
B17712A
29-21-1
Statue
30-12-702
View Object | 194364
Textile
NEP6
View Object | 53280
Earring
B17712A
View Object | 189756
Relief
29-21-1
View Object | 53631

NEP33
32-41-25
B14221
31-17-8
Manuscript
NEP33
View Object | 89496
Human Figurine
32-41-25
View Object | 283951
Tablet
B14221
View Object | 53633
Figurine
31-17-8
View Object | 118292

B14156
Tablet
B14156
View Object | 126576
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