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The Persian Gallery was dismantled for the Institute's renovation project prior to its filming for the Apple QuickTime VR panoramic movie. This still image below shows the gallery and its monumental Bull Head statue from Persepolis as seen from the entry off the Mesopotamian Gallery, prior to the start of the renovation project.

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Persian Gallery During Renovation

The Oriental Institute's Persian Gallery was closed for the Institute's renovation project prior to the filming for the Virtual Museum. It is being used as a temporary holding area for items in the collection that have been packed for storage. A monumental stone bull's head, lintel, and frieze of striding lions from Persepolis are the only objects still visible in the gallery. Prior to construction, these pieces will be wrapped in foam and enclosed in heavy plywood crates for protection. A column from Persepolis already wrapped but not yet crated is visible in the gallery as is the tall crate for another Persepolis sculpture.

Most of the artifacts on display in the Persian Gallery came from the Oriental Institute's own archaeological excavations. Prehistoric materials were particularly well represented as the result of work during the 1930s at the site of Tall-i-Bakun in the plain of Persepolis and 12 seasons in the 1960s and 1970s at Chogha Mish in modern Khuzestan. The Achaemenid (ca. 525-465 B.C.) monumental architectural sculptures, as well as many smaller objects, were obtained as divisions of finds after Oriental Institute excavations at Persepolis in the 1930s. A broad chronological and typological range of artifacts discovered by the Holmes Luristan Expedition (1934-38), Luristan and Amlash bronzes purchased on the art market, and items bought from the personal collection of Ernst Herzfeld, who began the Institute's Persepolis excavations, formed important complements to the prehistoric and Achaemenid materials.

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Revised: February 19, 2007

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