Persian Gallery West

The Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery

View of the west side of the gallery.

OIM A28582

On Display in the Persian Gallery

Gold winged lion roundel from ancient Ectabana, possibly dating to the reign of King Artaxerxes II (404 – 358 BC). OIM A28582 (D. 027509).

Egyptian Blue Peg

On Display in the Persian 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 BC) to the Islamic Period (ca. 1000 AD). 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, one of the great dynastic centers of the Achaemenid Persian empire. The city thrived from approximately 520 until 330 BC, when Alexander the Great and his troops captured and pillaged the site. 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.

We are currently undergoing a Gallery Enhancements Project at the Oriental Institute Museum. As a result, the Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery will be closed January 7th–31st, 2019. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information.