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A Lamassu Lapel Pin

Replica of our own human headed winged bull from Khorsabad, Iraq, 721-705 BC.  Part of the entrance to Sargon II throne room.  pewter with antiqued gold finish. 7/8" wide. tie tack post with butterfly clasp closure



100 Aniversary Lamassu Tote Bag

We started Digging 100 years ago and haven't stopped.  Image from our photo collection,  Grey tote 100% cotton   New OI logo on obverse   14 x15"     handle 28" 


100th Anniversary Cuneiform bookmark

Foundation slab of the Achaemenid king Xerxes (reign 486-465BC)  excavated by OI archaeologists at Persepolis, Iran


100th Anniversary Mug

100th Anniversary black mug with grey interior.  New white OI Logo on obverse  15 oz


A. The Misadventures of Wenamun

The First Egyptian Comic Book!

Drawing on one of the earliest literary travel accounts known to man travel writer Rolf Potts and illustrtor Cedar Van Tassel recreate the comic tale of Wenamun, an ancient Egyptian priest whose overseas voyage in search of Lebanese Timber resulted in a series of fiascos.    Order # 199536  




Crescent and Star glass bead earrings

Old Crescent and Star glass bead earrings created by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent.   2" including ear wire.


Egyptian Lotus earrings

Egyptian lotus post earrings.  Gold finish with a Carnelian and Lapis bead.  3.5 cm. 


Egyptian Lotus Pendant

Egypian Lotus Pendant.  gold finish with a carnelain and lapis bead. 18" chain


Egyptian Style glass bead Necklace

Glass bead necklace in a common Egyptian style with silver beads.  19"

One of a kind designed and strung by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent


enameled Hippo lapel pin

Enameled lapel pin of an Egyptian Hippopotamus,  symbol of fertility and regenerative powers.  7/8" wide 


Handmade sterling filigree earrings

Handmade sterling silver earrings that are folded over and feature open work.  2.25" including earwire



Handmade sterling silver filigree earrings

Handmade sterling silver filigree earrings.  Made from strands of sterling silver wire.  2" including earwire.


Highlights of the Collections

Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum, edited by Jean M. Evans, Jack Green, and Emily Teeter.

This guide to over 100 highlights of the collections of the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago presents objects from ancient Mesopotamia, Syria-Anatolia, the Levant, Egypt, Persia, Nubia, and objects from the Islamic collection. It features all new photography, provenance information, and a brief description of each object, as well as a history of the collections and a concordance.

152 pp., 140 illustrations (most color); soft cover, 6" x 10"


King Tut Bookmark

A bookmark of our own King Tut statue (reign 1355-1346 BC) excavated by OI archaeologists from the Mortuary Temple of Ay and Horemheb at Medinet Habu, Egypt, in 1930 (E14088).


King Tut magnet

Our own King Tut statue transformed into a magnet.  2.5 x 2.5"


King Tut Spiral Notebook

Our own King Tut statue transformed into a lined spiral notebook.  6 x 4 x .38"


KMT Magazine Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of KMT magazine


KMT Magazine Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 issue of KMT mgazine



KMT Magazine Summer 2020

The Sumer 2020 issue of KMT Magazine



KMT Magazine Summer 2021

2021 Summer issue of KMT Magazine 


Lamassu bookmark

Neo-Assyrian human-headed winged bull, reign of Sargon II (721-705 BC), excavated by OI archaeologists at Khorsabad, Iraq, 1929 (A7369)

Created to celebrate our 100th anniversary

 2.5 x 8"


Lamassu Magnet

Neo-Assyrian human-headed winged bull, reign of Sargon II (721-705BC), excavated by OI archaeologists at Khorsabad, Iraq 1929  

Celebrating our 100 anniversary

 2.5" x 2.5"




Lamassu spiral notebook

From a photograph in the OI collection.  Lined spiral notebook.  6 x 4 x .38"


Mummy Bead necklace and earrings

Faience beads made in Egypt just like they were 2,000 years ago and strung by hand in a very traditional design. 

They slightly vary in color, earth tones, and are delicate beads       necklace 29" earrings 3"



Nubian Basket

Old Handmade Nubian basket with leather trim and center.  17" diameter 


Nubian House ceramic

A charming ceramic reproduction of a Nubian House, Handmade in Egypt.  may be hung on the wall.  5" x 4"


Old red glass and gf beads

Old red glass cylinder beads w gold filled spacer beads like the ones often used in ancient Egypt.



Oriental Institute Mug

White 10 oz mug featuring 7 images from our collections and the new OI logo.


Oriental Institute T Shirts

100% Cotton T Shirts with the OI logo in white,   Size S-XXL  Available in Maroon, Grey or Black.

** Be sure to state size and color in the Comments section of the order form!


Persian Striding Lion Brooch


From an Achaemenian gold ornament in the collection of the Oriental Institute. Originally made by the hammering process, with the tail partly in repouse and partly in gold wire.  From ancient Persia, 5th-4th Century B. C.

gold filled over brass,  very intricate, aprroximately 1.25" x .88" 


Rulers of Ancient Egypt

On one side it is a 12" ruler and on the other it lists the Rulers of Ancient Egypt from Menes 2925 BC to Ptolemy XV 44 AD.  Perfect as a stocking stuffer for your WFH office.




The Senet game is played on boards simliar to those found in the tombs of Egyptian Kings such as Ramses III and Tutankhamen. The Egyptians referred to the game in hieroglyphs as one of "passages" with the movement of the pieces representing the wanderings of the soul in the underworld. The hieroglyphs on the sides of the Senet game are reproductions of hieroglyphs found on a 3,000 year-old papyrus and describe the wandering in the game. The game rules of play have been enjoyed by thousands of game enthusiasts. We believe they will give you hours of entertainment and the game will be a beautiful addition to your home.

  • Includes wooden game board, playing pieces, “throw-sticks” and instructions  Order # 1795


The Old Woman and the River

After the Iran-Iraq War the land in southern Iraq was devasted by the war and the blockage of the river and streams.  Yet there is a strip of land bursting with greenery that is sustaining villages and the remaining soldiers. This lifeline is said to be due to an old woman and a donkey


The Precinct of Mut at Luxor: Site Drawings By Martyl

We will miss Martyl Langsdorf whose 1987 exhibit at the Oriental Institute was enjoyed by all.

Poster 20" x 28"   Order # 1786


Uncover the Past Mug

Three panels depicting three different archaeological expeditions.  Yellow interrior with the new OI logo on the obverse.  15 oz



100 Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum

This special edition of Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum commemorates the centennial of the Oriental Institute and presents 100 highlights from ancient Mesopotamia, Syro-Anatolia, the Levant, Egypt, Nubia, and Persia in the collections.


Hard Back 152 pages  9.5 x 11"  140 illustrations (most in color)


Ancient Israel

This volume details some of the most extraordinary artifacts ever excavated in the southern Levant that are on permanent display in the Oriental Institute Museum.  It documents the stratigraphy of Megiddo from The Early Bronze Age to the Iron I Period and presents a selection of highlights from the Institute's greater Syro-Palestine collection.

Gabrielle V. Novacek

 Oriental Institute Museum Publications 31    Order #15034


Sale: $22.95

Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt. Edited by Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

This is the first comprehensive study of birds in ancient Egyptian society, economy, art, and religion. Essays address the role of birds in the religious landscape, their use in hieroglyphic and Coptic scripts, birds as protective symbols, as decorative motifs, and as food. Plus a group of essays on “Egyptian Birds and Modern Science.”

Pp. 232; 210 illustrations (most in color)   Order # 16388


Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past. Edited by Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson, 2008.

This is the catalog for the Oriental Institute Museum Special Exhibit of the same name. With an introduction by Professor McGuire Gibson, this up-to-date account describes the state of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad and chronicles the damage done to archaeological sites by illicit digging.


Sale: $22.95

Discovering New Pasts: The OI at 100

In celebration of the OI’s centennial year, over sixty different authors and contributors have come together to provide a personalized history of the OI’s work past and present. Discover the inner workings of the OI and its museum. Travel across multiple continents to learn about groundbreaking research. Enjoy a unique collection of nearly six hundred images, all in one publication for the first time. Learn the story of the institute’s development—from being one man’s dream to becoming one of the world’s preeminent authorities on over ten thousand years of human civilization. 

Hard Back   428 pages   11.5" x 10"   584 images (most color)


Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins

Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins is the catalog for a photo-based exhibit that reveals that many modern professions originated in the ancient Middle East. Artifacts from the Oriental Institute Museum were paired with a baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, poet, boat builder, judge and other professionals to show the antiquity of these jobs. The portraits are accompanied by commentary on the contributions of the ancient Middle East to life today and new insights into how members of the public view their relationship to the past. This volume will be of interest to educators, historians, and those interested in fine-arts photography.

Photographs by Jason Reblando, interviews by Matthew Cunningham, edited by Jack Green and Emily Teeter

Pp. 128; 24 tintype portraits, 46 illustrations    Order # 17116


Sale: $19.95

Picturing the Past: Imaging and Imagining the Ancient Middle East

This catalogue from the special exhibit Picturing the Past presents paintings, architectural reconstructions, facsimiles, models, photographs, and computer-aided reconstructions that show how the architecture, sites, and artifacts of the ancient Middle East have been documented.  It examines how these images have shaped our perceptions, obscured our understanding and were presented in different ways to different audiences.

Edited by Jack Green, Emily Teeter, and John A. Larson

Pp. 184; 168 illustrations      Oriental Institute Museum Publications 34   Order # 15364


The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt. Edited by Emily Teeter and Janet H. Johnson. 2009.

This companion volume and catalog to the exhibit of the same name traces the life of Meresamun whose mummy, dating to about 800 B.C., is one of the highlights of the Oriental Institute's Museum. The text introduces the historical and cultural setting of Egypt during her time. Essays and artifacts examine the role of music and of musicians in Egyptian temple cults, their training, and the types of musical instruments that Meresamun would have used. The life of Meresamun outside the temple is explored, with emphasis upon her social and legal status, what other professions were available to her, and what home life was like. The study of the life of this individual is augmented by forensic evidence obtained with the newest generation of CT scanners that sheds light on Meresamun's life and death.


Sale: $22.95

Children's Books

Evans, Aria Jones & the Guardian's Weja When evil threatens the past, Aria and Jagger will risk everything to save the future

Just Published!

Autographed by Author.

This fictional story loaded with historical details and ancient actors is geared toward middle school.  Written by Malayna Evans, an OI Alumna with a PhD in Egyptian History from the University of Chicago, it is part of a time travel series where Jagger and his younger sister Aria go on a magical adventure full of gods, mummies and wriggling creatures.







Gilgamesh the King

The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest stories in the world, is divided into three episodes with each page full of beautiful color drawings.  In this episode Gilgamesh the tyrant meets the "uncivilized" Enkidu and learns lessons of friendship and true humanity that will change him forever.  Order #2900


The Ancient Near East: A Bellerophon Coloring Book


The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest stories in the world, is divided into three episodes with each page full of beautiful color drawings.  In this episode Gilgamesh, the mighty king of Uruk, sets out on his last quest to find the secret of immortality.  Order#2903


The Revenge of Ishtar

The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest stories in the world, is divided into three episodes with each page full of beautiful color drawings.  In this exciting episode Gilgamesh the King and his best friend Enkidu undertake heroic adventures and slay terrible monsters.  Order # 2901