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 large cast above the door is a replica of a sandstone relief from Karnak showing Seti I attacking a city in western Asia. The large model portrays a private house at Tell el Amarna. Its plan replicates an actual house excavated at the site. To the right are objects which document the history of writing in ancient Egypt.
Revised: February 19, 2007