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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 Lamassu Pendant

Created for us from our own Assyrian winged Bull. Approx. .75"

 

Pewter with antique gold finish, 18" Chain included. Spring Ring closure.  Oder#199834

$26.50


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  

 

 

$4.99


Afghan Lapis earrings

Made in Afghanistan of lapis and "coin silver"   From the same mines that were used by the Egyptians and Sumerians.  2.25" long including earwire

$19.50


Afghan Seneh

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.
 

$145.00


Antoin Severguin: Past and Present

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

$130.00


Carnelian and turquoise bead earrings

Near Eastern style earrings made with Carnelian and Turquoise beads.    2.13" including earwire

$16.50

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.

$18.00


Crescent and Star glass bead necklace

Old Crescent and Star glass bead necklace strung by Norma van der Meulen, Suq Docent.  19"

earrings are seperate

$48.00


Cufflinks Life, Prosperity and Health

Cuff links with the Egyptian Greetting, "May you live, be prosperous, be healthy".  blue enamel and g/p.     5/8" diameter

$40.00


Cuneiform

Cuneiform was arguably the oldest script in the world and was used for several different languages.  This short introduction is the perfect guide to not only understanding this ancient script but also the ancient past.  

Irving Finkel and Jonathan Taylor are curators of the cuneiform tablets in the British Museum

$18.95


Egypt Royal clip on earrings

Taken from the original found in King Tut's tomb.  Lapis cabachon with gold finish CLIP ON earrings   7/8" diameter

$42.00


Egyptian Lotus earrings

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

$35.00


Egyptian Lotus Pendant

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

$28.00


Egyptian Pharaoh Dig Kit

Egyptian Pharaoh Dig Kit.  Gives you the tools necessary to extract the hidden treasure inside the mummy.

 

$7.50


Egyptian scarab necklace

Blue white heart (trade beads) and scarabs necklace.  A beautiful "lapis" blue bead.  Scarabs were associated with the death and rebirth of the sun as it moves across the sky.  18"

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

$39.00


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


Egyptian Style Lapis cylinder bead with turquoise

Egyptian style earrings made out of an Afghan lapis cyinder bead topped off with a turquoise bead.  1.5" including earwire

$19.50


enameled Hippo lapel pin

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

$4.95


g/f reproduction of a Near Eastern style earring

g/f reproduction of an Ancient Near Eastern post hoop earring with granulation down the middle.  .75" diameter

$14.00


Hand carved Lapis bead

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.

18.5"

$185.00


Handmade sterling filigree earrings

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

 

$33.00


Handmade sterling silver filigree earrings

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

$37.00


Handmade sterling silver hoop earrings

Large hand made sterling silver twisted hoop earrings.       2.5" diameter

$25.00


Hieroglyphic stencil, ruler, and bookmark

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.

$5.95


High quality Lapis handmade necklace

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.

$325.00


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


Inlaid mother of pearl coasters

8 coasters and holder Hand made in Egypt with inaid Mother of Pearl.  Coasters 4 x 4"

 

$44.00


Inlaid turquois sterling silver earrings

Small round sterling silver earings inlaid with turquoise.  Near Eastern eternity symbol in the center.  Handmade   .75" diameter   1.5" long including earwire

$29.95


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


King Tut Spiral Notebook

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

$8.95


KMT Magazine Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of KMT magazine

$9.50


KMT Magazine Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 issue of KMT mgazine

 

$9.50


KMT Magazine Summer 2020

The Sumer 2020 issue of KMT Magazine

 

$9.50


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


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       oi100.uchicago.edu

 2.5" x 2.5"

 

 

$3.95


Lamassu spiral notebook

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

$8.95


Life Prosperity and Health

A familiar greeting in Ancient Egypt, "life, prosperity and health" is depicted on these post earrings with a turquoise bead.  gp  .5" diameter

$28.00


Mother of Pearl and sterling silver earrings

Mother of Pearl was used in jewelry and inlay by the ancient Egyptians. These tear shaped MOP beads are seperated by a sterling silver bead.  1.3" long including earwire

 

$9.50


Mummy Bead Collar

Made in Egypt of faience beads, just like they did 4,000 years ago.  23"

 

$35.00


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"

 

$30.00


Nubian Basket

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

$45.00


Nubian House ceramic

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

$24.00


Old red glass and gf beads

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 Trade beads and red glass necklace

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"

$45.00


Oriental Institute Mug

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

$20.00


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


Ostrich shell and old silver beads

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.

$42.00


Persian Love Poetry

An anthology, extracted form the best of traditional and modern Persian poetry, talks of the many kinds of love.  Each poem is illustrated with beautiful Persian art and a brief biographical note on the poet.  A Perfect introduction to Persian Art and Literature.

$15.00


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


Peter Der Manuelian, 30-Second Ancient Egypt

The 50 most important achievements of a timeless civilization, each explained in half a minute.  153 pages

$6.50


Resin bead necklace

Graduated resin beads with hand made silver granulated beads.

One of a kind. Strung by Norma van der Meulen of The Suq.

$150.00


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

$52.00


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


Senet

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

$39.00


The Epic of Gilgamesh

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.

$19.95


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

$15.00


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


Turkman pendant on carnelian beads

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.

$195.00


Turquoise sterling silver earrings

Handmade sterling silver earrings with inlaid turquoise and coral bead earrings.   2" including earwire

$29.00


Turquoise, lapis, coral and silver beads

Hand strung all natural turquoise, lapis, coral and silver bead necklace.   

$79.00


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 Iraq

Covers the political, cultural and socio-ecconomic history as well as the daily life of Mesoptamia from prehistory to the early common era. The Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians inhabited this area between the rivers of the Tigris and the Euphrates that is mostly common day Iraq.

$19.00


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


Anna Stevens, Amarna A Guide to the Ancient City of Akhetaten

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.

$39.95


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


Collins, The Sumerians

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.

 

$25.00


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


Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar

Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar    Oder #2011

$65.00


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


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

$29.95


Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt

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?

Autographed

$32.99


The Elements of Hittite

By Theo van de Hout, Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the Oriental Institute

 Autographed 

"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

$45.99


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


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

$8.95


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


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

$8.95