View of the west side of the gallery.
Gold winged lion roundel from ancient Ectabana, possibly dating to the reign of King Artaxerxes II (404 – 358 BC). OIM A28582 (D. 027509).
View of the north side of the gallery.
Egyptian blue wall peg with trilingual inscription (Old Persian, Elamite, Babylon) that reads as follows: "Peg of lapis lazuli made in the house of Darius the king." OIM A29808B (D. 012345).
The Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery displays approximately 1,000 objects dating from the archaic Susiana Period (ca. 6800 B.C.) to the Islamic Period (ca. 1000 A.D.). The artifacts show how cultures developed in the area over time and illustrate the involvement of Oriental Institute archaeologists in recovering the history of ancient Iran. Much of the gallery is devoted to the Oriental Institute’s excavations at Persepolis, a ceremonial city of the Achaemenid Persians that thrived from approximately 520 until 331 BC when Alexander the Great and his troops destroyed it. Highlights of the gallery include painted pottery from Chogha Mish (ca. 5000 BC) and Tall-i-Bakun (ca. 4000 BC), sculpture from Persepolis, including a colossal head of a bull, a collection of Persian gold jewelry, and coins and pottery from the early Islamic Period.
The Persian Gallery will be closed June 12th–29th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Explore the Catalog of Expedition Photographs from an Oriental Institute text/microfiche publication entitled "Persepolis and Ancient Iran."Learn More Here