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Back to School The Mug of Mighty Inana

Submitted by dbrownin on Mon, 09/13/2021 - 19:04

The Sumerian goddess Inana known in Akkadian as Ishtar is the goddess of love and war, one of the most important figures of the pantheon. The image is from a cylinder seal in our collection ISACM A27903, dating to the old Akkadian period (ca. 2250 BCE). 
The inscription is the first line of the poem Inana and Ebih by history’s first named author Enheduana.  

11 ounce ceramic

Back to School Riddle T Shirt XXL

Submitted by dbrownin on Mon, 09/13/2021 - 18:59

Double sided t shirt with the Akkadian on the front and the translation on the back.

Black with white print.   100% preshrunk cotton

Size XXL

A Postcard Set

Submitted by dbrownin on Mon, 08/09/2021 - 12:16

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.  



Ancient Iraq

Submitted by dbrownin on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 18:05

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.


Submitted by dbrownin on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 17:51

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

Persian Love Poetry

Submitted by dbrownin on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 17:31

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.