Ancient Near East
The collection includes objects representing many of the major civilizations and empires of the Ancient Near East (e.g. the Sumerians, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians) and also houses artefacts from important sites such as Ur, Nimrud (Kalhu) and Tell Brak.
Here are some examples of objects from the collection that are currently on display in Gallery 23:
- Reliefs (1, 2) from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud (Iraq)
- Persian gold earrings from Geoy Tepe (Iran)
- An inscribed plaque from Raidat (Yemen)
- Eye idols (1, 2, 3, 4) from Tell Brak (Syria)
- A Stele from the temple of Tanit (Carthage, Tunisia)
- A Chalcolithic burnished square bowl from Hacilar (Turkey)
Objects from the Ancient Near East are displayed in Gallery 23, downstairs from the historic Main Entrance to the museum.
Object in Focus: 'Eye Idols' from Tell Brak, Syria
Although they date from roughly 3200 BC, Eye Idols look remarkably modern. Simple and abstract, they represent...