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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 Lamassu Cuff links

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

Pewter with antique gold finish  Order#199354


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


A Mask of Sargon

A mask with the depiction of the mouth of Sargon of Akkad the first ruler of the Akkadian Empire. Soft and supple mask with ealstic to go over the ears.  Not meant for medical use but for personal use.



A Mask, Stiding Lions of Babylon

Mask depicting the stiding lions of the Ishtar gate at Babylon. The original was on the walls of the Processional Way, made of glazed mud brick.  This mask is not for medical use but for personal use. Very colorful, soft and supple with elastic to cover the ears.


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  




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.


Amon-Ra and Mut

Amon-Ra was held to be the physical father of the pharaoh. He also had cosmic functions such as the creation, controlling the seasons, and protecting the weak. Mut was considered the great and mighty divine mother. The marriage of Amon and Mut was one the the great annual celebrations during the New Kingdom (1550 - 1070 B.C.)   Order # 1192

6" sculpture made in Egypt


An Assyrian motif mask

A Mask with a typical Assyrian motif, similar to the ones on the ceiling of the Oriental Institute's lobby.  This mask is not for medical use, but for ones own personal use.  Elastic bands to go over your ears. Soft and supple. Cream on a lapis blue background.


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


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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


Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt

Edited by Foy Scalf, PhD, this volume includes fourteen essays showcasing the latest research on the Book of the Dead plus Papyrus Milbank and Papyrus Ryerson as well as a complete catalog of the forty-five objects on display. This book explores what the Book of the Dead was to the ancient Egyptians, what it means to us today, what it was believed to do, how it worked, how it was made, and ultimately what happened to it.   nearly 400 illustrations  (most color)


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.


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Collier & Manley, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs

A practical step by step guide for beginners that uses genuine texts.  Includes sign lists, reference tables, vocabulary and excercises.  Used by Dr. Foy Scalf in our on line Hieroglyph Course.


Cylinder Seal on Black Cord

Gold-plated pewter cylinder seal (approximately 1” long) on a 21” black cord. This piece, depicting a heroic figure contending with fantastical beasts, is a reproduction of a Mesopotamian cylinder seal from the Neo-Babylonian period (8th-7th centuries B.C.). The necklace also comes with a small piece of modeling clay so that you can make seal impressions as the ancients did.


Egyptian Pharaoh Dig Kit

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



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.







Fresh water pearls in sterling silver

Handmade of sterling silver and fresh water pearls. 1.5" long including earwire.  Egyptians used fresh water pearls in their jewelry.


Hieroglyphic Mug

This high quality mug is Made in Egypt and is comletely covered with the hieroglyphic alphabet.  You can practice your hieroglyphs with your morning coffee. Since it has gold paint, hand washing is recommended.


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 Spiral Notebook

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


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 Collar

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



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"



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


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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" 


Peter Der Manuelian, 30-Second Ancient Egypt

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


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


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?



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



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


Sumerian 18 kt gold earrings

18 kt gold earrings made especially for the Suq in the shape of a Sumerian leaf.  1.25"



The Elements of Hittite

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


The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition

by Robert K. Ritner Professor of Egyptology, The Oriental Institute           AUTOGRAPHED

"This is the definitive edition....Dr. Ritner has reconstructed five Egyptian texts.......that express the hopes and fears of Egyptians for the afterlife." T. G. Wilfong, Professor of Egyptology, University of Michigan

Order # 17453


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.


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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


Tughra of Suleiman earrings

Made in modern Turkey, these earrings feature the Tughra (signature) of Sulieman.  This beautiful Calligraphic signature appeared on coins and all official documents.


Turkman Carnelian Earrings

Turkman style earrings made in Afghanistan with inlaid carnelian, featuring the same triangular granulation used by the ancient Egyptians.   2.25"



Afghan Lapis earrings

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


American Egyptologist The Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of his Oriental Institute

By Jeffrey Abt 

"Breasted, the founder of the Oriental Institute, traveled on expeditions to remote and politically unstable corners of the Middle East, helped identify the tomb of King Tut, and was on the cover of Time magazine. But Breasted was more than an Indiana Jones—he was an accomplished scholar, entrepreneur, and talented author who brought ancient history to life not just for students but for such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Sigmund Freud."  Paperback  Order # 15224


Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar

Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar    Oder #2011


Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar Sign List

Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar Sign List


Children's Books

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