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
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.
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
One of a kind. Strung at the Suq of beautiful sky blue lapis graduated beads. Lapis was used by both the Mesopotamians and the Egyptians. 18"
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
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"
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).
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"
White 10 oz mug featuring 7 images from our collections and the new OI logo.
100% Cotton T Shirts with the OI logo in white, Size S-XXL Available in Maroon, Grey or Black.
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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"
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.
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
We will miss Martyl Langsdorf whose 1987 exhibit at the Oriental Institute was enjoyed by all.
Poster 20" x 28" Order # 1786
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)
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
48 images to color of famous Egyptian scenes.8.5 x 11". From King Tut and Cleopatra to the dancing girls and Isis.
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.
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