Oriental Institute Virtual Museum
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The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago moved into its present building in 1931. The galleries are decorated with designs from the ancient Near East, including stenciled ceilings in Persian-Egyptian motifs, and bronze gates with Egyptian floral designs. The entry at the north of the gallery displays the earliest of the Egyptian materials; with pottery to the left and decorated pottery and stone work and flints to the right.
In 1996 the Oriental Institute embarked upon a renovation project that will introduce climate control into the galleries. When this gallery reopens in 1998, stone reliefs from the palace of King Sargon II of Assyria will be moved into position around the great winged bull. The Egyptian and Nubian collections will be installed in galleries on the east side of the building.
Revised: February 19, 2007