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The Persian Gallery and its monumental Bull Head statue from Persepolis as seen from the entry off the Mesopotamian Gallery.

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.

Revised: February 19, 2007

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