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"
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Foundation slab of the Achaemenid king Xerxes (reign 486-465BC) excavated by OI archaeologists at Persepolis, Iran
100th Anniversary black mug with grey interior. New white OI Logo on obverse 15 oz
Created for us from our own Assyrian winged Bull. Approx. .75"
Pewter with antique gold finish, 18" Chain included. Spring Ring closure. Oder#199834
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
Made in Afghanistan of lapis and "coin silver" harem bells. They make a gentle sound when they hit each other. From the same mines that were used by the Egyptians and Sumerians. 3" long
Intricately handwoven flat weave wool Seneh rug direct from Afghanistan. 47" x 26" Beautiful on both sides. Colors are dark dusty rose, blue grey, and some olive greens. Beautiul on the floor or wall of any room in the home or office.
Amber bead, fresh water pearl and gp granulated cap earring. 1" including earwire
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
Just now available from The Uniersity of Cairo Press
A scholarly and accessible reference guide to the chronology, geography and history of Amarna, which draws on the ongoing archaeological research.
Hard bound, 191 pp, over 140 illus, index.
Antoin Sevruguin: Past and Present (OIMP 40) publishes for the first time the OI Museum's complete collection of nineteenth-century Iranian photographs and includes a series of essays that investigate Sevruguin’s life and photographic career, as well as the lasting impact of his unique vision. Hard back 8 x 11". 412 pp. 259 figures
Edited by Tasha Vorderstrasse
Bastet the cat headed goddess of Bubastis, a city in lower Egypt. Made in Egypt. 8"tall 2 lb
Bastet , the cat headed goddess of Bubastis, a city in lower Egypt. Made in Egypt. 10.5" tall with a lustrous shine. 4 lb.
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
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.
Curent OI Book Club book
A highly readable and authoritative account of all aspects of the ways of life of the Sumerians. Paul Collins reveals how the idea of a Sumerian people was assembled from archaeological and textual evidence uncovered in Iraq and Syria over the last 150 years, Reconstructed through the biases of those who unearthed them, the Sumerians were reinvented a number of times.
Hardcover, 214 pp, chronology, 52 illus, references, bibliography, index.
Old Crescent and Star glass bead earrings created by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent. 2" including ear wire.
Old Crescent and Star glass bead necklace strung by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent. 19"
earrings are seperate
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)
Egyptian lotus earrings with one carnelain and one lapis bead enameled earrings. post 1.25" long
Egyptian Pharaoh Dig Kit. Gives you the tools necessary to extract the hidden treasure inside the mummy.
A typical Egyptian style earring made of aventurine and carnelian. 1"
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.
g/f reproduction of an Ancient Near Eastern post hoop earring with granulation down the middle. .75" diameter
Hand carved very high grade Afghan lapis bead with pyrite, similar to our cylinders seals, on a lapis bead necklace. One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen, Suq docent.
Handmade sterling silver filigree earrings. Made from strands of sterling silver wire. 2" including earwire.
Large hand made sterling silver twisted hoop earrings. 2.5" diameter
A hieroglyphic alphabetic stencil, ruler in centimeters, and a papyrus bookmork all in one. You can create your own personalised papyrus bookmark using the stencils. Made in Egypt. 10.75" Colors of stencil and papyrus drawings will vary.
Very high quality Afghan lapis graduated square "pillows" with fresh water pearl accents. Taditional Near Eastern necklace. 18" long
One of a kind. Designed and strung by Norma van der Meulen of The Suq.
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"
Small round sterling silver earings inlaid with turquoise. Near Eastern eternity symbol in the center. Handmade .75" diameter 1.5" long including earwire
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).
Our own King Tut statue transformed into a lined spiral notebook. 6 x 4 x .38"
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 oi100.uchicago.edu
2.5 x 8"
Neo-Assyrian human-headed winged bull, reign of Sargon II (721-705BC), excavated by OI archaeologists at Khorsabad, Iraq 1929
Celebrating our 100 anniversary oi100.uchicago.edu
2.5" x 2.5"
From a photograph in the OI collection. Lined spiral notebook. 6 x 4 x .38"
A familiar greeting in Ancient Egypt, "life, prosperity and health" is depicted on these post earrings with a turquoise bead. gp .5" diameter
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"
Old red glass cylinder beads w gold filled spacer beads like the ones often used in ancient Egypt.
$38.00 - TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK
Old trading beads strung with high quality red glass tear shaped beads. One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent. 17"
White 10 oz mug featuring 7 images from our collections and the new OI logo.
Ostrich shell beads (often used by the Egyptians) with old silver beads. 17"
One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen of The Suq.
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
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"
The 50 most important achievements of a timeless civilization, each explained in half a minute. 153 pages
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
Emily Teeter, Curator of Special Exhibits of the Oriental Institute, Retired
256 pages 101 b/w illus. 2 maps
This book is a vivid reconstruction of the practical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion: Who was allowed to enter the temples, and what rituals were preformed therein? Who served as priests? How were they organized and trained, and what did they do? What was the Egyptians' attitude toward death, and what happened at funerals? How did the living and dead communicate? In what ways could people communicate with the gods?
Graduated resin beads with hand made silver granulated beads.
One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen of The Suq.
Reproduction of a game found at Ur during joint University of Pennsylvania and British Museum expeditions led by Leonard Woolley between 1924 and 1934. The originals were made with wood frames, inlaid with lapis lazuli and shell fragments.
Our game is a reconstruction, made from a sturdy painted wooden frame. Game rules are included, based on those of the original British Museum reproduction and our own research. Order # 1106
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.
Handmade in Egypt with scarab and faience beads (mummy beads). Colors will vary but all are earthtones. very light weight. 2.75" including ear wire.
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 Oder # 1795
By Theo van de Hoot, Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the Oriental Institute
"Hittite is the earliest attested Indo_European language and was the language of a state that flourished in Asia Minor in the second millennium BC. This exciting and accessible new introductory course, which can be used in both trimester and semester systems, offers in ten lessons a comprehensive introduction to the grammar of the Hittite language with ample exercises both in transliteration and in cuneiform. It includes a separate section of paradigms, and a grammatical index as well as a list of every cuneiform sign used in the book. A full glossary can be found in the back. The book has been designed so that the cuneiform is not essential and can be left out of any course if so desired. The introduction provides the necessary cultural and historical background, with suggestions for further reading, and explains the principles of the cuneiform writing system." Order # 15301
This grahic novel is a collaboration between father and son. Kent H. Dixon has translated into English the entirety of the Epic of Gilgamesh, including Tablet V and his son, Kevin H. Dixon a comix artist, has brought a fresh take on the epic.
Included is a page AUTOGRAPHED by Kent and Kevin Dixon with an individual line drawing.
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.
We will miss Martyl Langsdorf whose 1987 exhibit at the Oriental Institute was enjoyed by all.
Poster 20" x 28" Order # 1786
A sterling silver Turkman pendant with hand filigree, carnelian cabachon and coral beads strung on carnelain and sterling silver beads. 22"
One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen of The Suq.
Handmade sterling silver earrings with inlaid turquoise and coral bead earrings. 2" including earwire
Three panels depicting three different archaeological expeditions. Yellow interrior with the new OI logo on the obverse. 15 oz
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)
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 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 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