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The Oriental Institute, a division of the University of Chicago, is a not-for-profit institution. All proceeds from the Museum Suq go to support departments and projects for the Oriental Institute, particularly the Research Archives

Gifts


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

 

$16.00


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" 

$22.50


100th Anniversary Cuneiform bookmark

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

$1.75


100th Anniversary Mug

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

$18.95


A Postcard Set

From our Current Special Exhibit


Joseph Lindon Smith

The Persepolis Paintings

A set of 8 postcards 5" x 7"

Joseph Lindon Smith (American, 1863-1950) was invited to Persepolis by James Henry Breasted, founder of the Oriental Institute, to join the OI Iranian/Persian Expecition (1931-39).  The goal of the excavation was to rigorously document and preserve the site for perpetuity.  

 

 

$15.00


Afghan Seneh

Intricately handwoven flat weave wool Seneh rug direct from Afghanistan. 30" x3'7"  Beautiful on both sides.  Colors are dark dusty rose, blue grey, and some creams.  Beautiul on the floor or wall of any room in your home or office.
 

$150.00


Afghan Sumak rug

Handwoven Sumak rug directly from Afghanistan.  33" x 4'3".   Brilliant red and navy on a cream background.  This is a flat weave.

$335.00


Afghan Sumak Rug 2

Handmade in Afghanistan, this is a Sumak flatwoven rug.  Navy and cream accents on a red background 31" x 4'6"

$335.00


Calligraphy on Horse Chestnut leaf necklace

Thulth script that translates "the good ( or best ) people are those who help people"     2 long brass with gold finish    18" chain

$34.50

E F. Schmidt, Persepolis III The Royal Tombs and other Monuments

OIP 70   University of Chicago Press 1970   Out of Print

Descriptive documentation of the tombs of the Achaemenid monarchs at Nash-i Rustam, and Persepolis 

174 pages  53 figures   105 plates   Hard bound 12 x 16"

Previously owned by Chauncy Harris 

$500.00

E. F. Schmidt, Persepolis I Structures, Reliefs, Inscriptions

OIP 68 University of Chicago Press 1953 Out of Print

Everything you would want to know about the remains of Persepolis.  Excellent photographs and drawings.   297 pages, 123 figures, 205 plates, hard bound 12 x 16"

Previously owned by Chauncy Harris

 

 

$750.00


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

$24.00


Griffin handmade sterling silver cuff

One of a kind handmade in Turkey solid sterling silver 1 5/8" wide cuff.  The image of the winged griffin with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle, comes from the Megiddo ivories in our own collection.  The ivories were excavated by the O I in 1936-7 at Megiddo, Israel.  Dating to the Late Bronze Age IIB ca. 1300-1200BC 

 

$350.00


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"
 

$14.95


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).

$1.75


King Tut magnet

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

$3.95


KMT Magazine Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of KMT magazine

$9.50


KMT Magazine Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 issue of KMT mgazine

 

$9.50


KMT Magazine Spring 2022

The Sumer 2022 issue of KMT Magazine

 

$11.50


KMT Magazine Summer 2021

2021 Summer issue of KMT Magazine 

$9.50


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 oi100.uchicago.edu

 2.5 x 8"

$1.75


Oriental Institute Mug

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

$17.95


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!

$14.50


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" 

$45.00


Royal Game of Ur

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

$53.00


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.

 

$2.95


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

$5.00


Uncover the Past Mug

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

$18.95

Books


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)

$79.95


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

$35.00

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

$29.95


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.

$34.50

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)

$133.95


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

$24.95

Sale: $19.95


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.

$37.95

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.

 

 

 

 

 

$15.99


The Ancient Near East: A Bellerophon Coloring Book

$4.95


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

$8.95