Ceramics, characteristic of Tepe Sialk, Iran. Second century B.C.

The Near East

Among the highlights of the Near Eastern Collection are the Bronze Age findings of Profession T.J. Arne from the Swedish excavations in 1932 of Shah Tepe in northeast Iran.

Medelhavsmuseet (The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities) is proud to house one of the world's largest and most impressive collections of ancient Persian bronzes from Bronze and Iron Age Luristan (2700 BC-650 BC). In addition, the museum has a representative collection of cuneiform tables and seals from Mesopotamia in Sumerian and Babylonian times including one relief from the Assyrian King Assurnassirpal II's Northwest Palace at Nimrud, dated to around 860 BC. Along the surface of the relief is a lengthy cuneiform text describing the King and his accomplishments. The relief was unearthed by Austen Layard in Modern Iraq in the 1840's and donated to the National Museum in conjunction with its inauguration in 1866 by the Queen Dowager Josephine.