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Ancient Middle East Gallery Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 01, 2015 |6:00 PM
Highlights include a powerful Assyrian king depicted on a stone slab—from a palace that was destroyed this year by ISIS militants; a panel of brightly colored glazed ceramic bricks depicting a serpent-dragon from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon; and stone reliefs from a palace at Persepolis, capital of the Persian Empire. A mosaic from the floor of a Roman house shows the Roman presence in the ancient Middle East.
The 178 objects on view also include the world’s first writing—called cuneiform—inscribed on clay tablets, as well as intricately carved stamp and cylinder seals made from semi-precious stones. These were the world’s first technologies of storing and transmitting information.
Other objects in the gallery include ceramic vessels, metalwork from Luristan in the mountains of western Iran, finely crafted jewelry, and silver and gold coins. Together the objects reflect not only the development of sophisticated technologies and art-making in the ancient Middle East, but also surprising connections to our modern world.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AUGUST 3, 2015