Mythical Human-Headed Sphinx

Relief from the outer face of the balustrade of the Central Building, Persepolis, Iran (P. 23185). A photograph from the special exhibit "Persepolis: Images of an Empire."

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October 13, 2015 – September 3, 2017

Aerial photograph of Rujm el-Hiri

Rujm el-Hiri (Arabic for “the stone heap of the wild cat”), is an enigmatic construction on the Golan Heights, possibly dated to the Chalcolithic or Early Bronze Age (c. 4500–2000 BC). Although probably a ritual structure, it is unclear whether it was related to astronomical, calendrical, or mortuary purposes.

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November 22, 2016 – Ongoing

On the road to Alishar

On the road to Alishar

Oriental Institute archaeologists excavated the mound known today as Alishar Höyük, or “mound of Alishar” in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Photographed: Maria von der Osten, Driver, Translator, Hans Henning von der Oster, 1926 (N. 6357).

The Judgement of Ireturu before Osiris

From Papyrus Milbank (E10486J), this illustration is associated with Book of the Dead spell 125.

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Persepolis and Ancient Iran Catalog of Expedition Photographs

Explore the Catalog of Expedition Photographs from an Oriental Institute text/microfiche publication entitled "Persepolis and Ancient Iran."

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