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Children's Books

A coloring book of Ancient Egypt

48 images to color of famous Egyptian scenes.8.5 x 11". From King Tut and Cleopatra to the dancing girls and Isis.



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.







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



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 Postcard Set

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.  




Afghan Seneh

Intricately handwoven flat weave wool Seneh rug direct from Afghanistan. 30" x3'7"  Beautiful on both sides.  Colors are dark dusty rose, blue grey, and some creams.  Beautiul on the floor or wall of any room in your home or office.


Delicate Evil Eye Pendant

Made in Turkey this delicate evil eye pendant with turquoise glass beads has been a hit. 16"


E F. Schmidt, Persepolis III The Royal Tombs and other Monuments

OIP 70   University of Chicago Press 1970   Out of Print

Descriptive documentation of the tombs of the Achaemenid monarchs at Nash-i Rustam, and Persepolis 

174 pages  53 figures   105 plates   Hard bound 12 x 16"

Previously owned by Chauncy Harris 


E. F. Schmidt, Persepolis I Structures, Reliefs, Inscriptions

OIP 68 University of Chicago Press 1953 Out of Print

Everything you would want to know about the remains of Persepolis.  Excellent photographs and drawings.   297 pages, 123 figures, 205 plates, hard bound 12 x 16"

Previously owned by Chauncy Harris




Griffin handmade sterling silver cuff

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

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"


I'm Tutankamun! The Real Story of Ancient Egypt's Most Famous Child King

Do we really need another children's story book about Tutankhamun? Yes! This book presents the authentic, factual story of ancient Egypt's most famous child king, based on current Egyptology, plus, for those wanting to learn more, many sidebars with in-depth information and an essay about the hieroglyphs in the book. 

Written by an Oriental Institute docent, who after many years of questions from children decided to write a book that answers those questions. Thoroughly researched and vetted with charming graphics.



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Lapis and blue glass cylinders

Graduated lapis chips seperated by blue glass cylinders.  19" shimers in the light

Strung by The Suq.


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" 


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


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.



Scarab earrings

Handmade in Egypt with scarab and faience beads (mummy beads).  Colors will vary but all are earthtones.  very light weight.  2.75" including ear wire.



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


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



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


Sale: $22.95

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


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.


Sale: $22.95

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


Sale: $19.95