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Resources on Iraqi Museum Collections

Below we list some useful bibliographical information about Iraqi museums and collections.
Web sites of European and North American Museums with Ancient Near-Eastern collections are also listed, in order to give an overview of the typology of objects.

This list is not ment to be all-inclusive. Please help us keep this up to date. If you know of any change or any necessary addition, let us know, and we shall be happy to make the necessary changes on this page.

Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk Red List Interpol - Cultural Property Stolen Iraqi Art

Web sites with collections from Iraqi Museums

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative - A joint project of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (a database including ca. 7300 tablets from the Iraq Museum collection)

Lost Treasures from Iraq (University of Chicago)

Iraq-Museum Baghdad (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Iraq Cultural Property Image Collection - (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

The Art Newspaper.com (The Looting of Iraq Museum)

The Baghdad Museum Project


Bibliographical information

Gibson, McGuire; McMahon, Augusta. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums, Fascicle 1. Chicago: American Association for Research in Baghdad; 1992. 1 volume (xii + 54 pages [illustrated]): American Associaton for Research in Baghdad, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago IL 60637, USA.
Available at http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IRAQ/lh.html

Baker, H. D.; Matthews, R. J.; Postgate, J. N. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 2. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq; 1993. 1 volume (viii + 153 pages [illustrated]). ISBN: 0-903472-14-7.
Available at http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IRAQ/lh.html

Fujii, Hideo; Oguchi, Kazumi. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 3. Tokyo: Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University; 1996. 1 volume (xxi + 43 pages [illustrated]).
Available at http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IRAQ/lh.html

"List of Stolen Manuscripts" = pages 16-43 of: Fujii, Hideo; Oguchi, Kazumi. Lost Heritage: Antiquities Stolen from Iraq's Regional Museums. Fascicle 3. Tokyo: Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University; 1996. 1 volume (xxi + 43 pages [illustrated]).
Available at http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IRAQ/lh.html

Trésors du musée de Bagdad : 7000 ans d'histoire mésopotamienne : exposition au musée d'art et d'histoire à Genève, 10 décembre 1977-12 février 1978. - Mayence : Ph. von Zabern, cop. 1977. - 60- p. : ill. en noir et en coul., couv. ill. en coul. ; 23 cm. - ISBN 3-8053-0328-9

Trésors du Musée de Bagdad au Musée du Louvre / André Parrot. - Paris : , 1966. - 8 p. : 13 gravures ; 27 cm

Treasures of The Iraq Museum / Faraj Basmachi, Ph.D, Al-Huria Printing House, Al-Jumhuriya Press, Baghdad - Iraq, 1975-1976, p. 426

Tesouros do Museu de Bagdade : desde os tempos primitivos à época muçulmana : Exposiçao apresentada no Museu nacional de arte antiga, Lisboa junho julho 1965 : ; préf. Heinrich J. Lenzen / auteur de l'introduction, etc Heinz Lenzen. - Lisboa : Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, 1965. - Non paginé : ill. en noir et en coul., front. en coul., couv. ill. ; 24 cm

Capolavori del Museo di Baghdad. (6 millenni di Arte Mesopotamica) (Cat. Mostra Torino Maggio 1965). Torino, Museo Civico di Torino - Centro Scavi. di Torino per il Medio oriente e asia, 1965.

A Guide to the Iraq Museum Collections : préface Yusuf Ghanima / The Iraq Museum. Bagdad ; préf. Yusuf Ghanima. - Baghdad : , 1942. - VI-141 p., XXX pl. : 122 fig., 1 carte, 1 frontispice ; 24 cm

Directorate-General of Antiquities, Baghdad, Iraq : A Guide to the Arab Museum at Khan Marjan in Baghdad / Arab Museum. Bagdad. - Second edition. - Baghdad : , 1957. - 38 p., 28 pl. ; 22 cm

Gräber assyrischer Königinnen aus Nimrud / Dr. Muayad Saeed Basim Damerji, in the Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Mainz, Vol. 45 (1998), including 68 Plates, ISSN 0076-2741

Guide du Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires / Costume and ethnographic museum, Bagdad. - Bagdad : Direction des Antiquités, 1972. - 32 p. dont 14 pl. : 2 plans ; 20 x 22 cm

Guide to the publications of the state organization of antiquities & and heritage : by Dr. K.R. Salih / K.R. Salih, Irak. State Organization of Antiquities and Heritage. - Bagdad : Ministry of culture & information, State organization of Antiquities & heritage, ca 1983. - Pag. arabe ; 24 cm

Guide-Book to the Iraq Museum : foreword by Dr. Faisal El-Wailly / Iraq Museum. Baghdad ; préf. Faisal El-Wailly. - Second Editions : 1973. - Baghdad : Ministry of Information Directorate General of Antiquites, 1973. - 134 p. : front., ill. ; 24 cm

Handbook of the archaeological sites in Iraq / Kahtan R. Salih. - Bagdad : Ministry of culture & information, 1987. - 224 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.

Mezopotamia : valogatas az Irak Muzeum gyüjtemenyéböl : , 1968, Junius, Budapest : / Horvath Tibor. - Budapest : Szepmuvezeti Museum, 1968. - 64 p. - <27> p. de pl. : ill., couv. ill. ; 24 cm

The Akkadian Seals in Iraq Museum : by Subhi Anwar Rashid, Hayat Abid Ali Al-Huri / Hayat Abid Ali Al-Huri, Subhi Anwar Rashid, Iraq Museum. Baghdad. - Bagdad : Ministry of culture and information, s. d. - 205 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

Nimrud. A City of Golden Treasures / M.M. Hussein - A. Suleiman, Al-Huriya Printing House, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Information, Directorate General of Antiquities, Art Heritage, Baghdad 1999-2000, 4°, 133 + 443 pp., 223 full colour plates

Nuzi. Report on the excavations at Yorgan Tepa Near Kirkuk, Iraq conducted by Harvard University in conjunction with the American Schools of Oriental Research and the University Museum of Philadelphia, 1927-1931 : by Richard F. S. Starr / Richard F. S. Starr. - Cambridge (Massachusetts) : Harvard University Press, 1937. - 32 cm

Schätze aus dem Irak, von der Frühzeit bis zum Islam - Eine Ausstellung im Wallrauf-Richartz-Museum zu KÖLN, 27. Juni bis 20. September 1964, (Köln, 1964), 115 pp. (allem.) + 80 pp. (arabe), & 88 Pls. (Photos Noir & Blanc) + VI Pls. (Couleurs) & 1 Carte (p. 57) : * " KATALOG " = 261 N° (objets d'art & tablettes cunéiformes).

Sumer - Assur - Babylone. - Chefs d'oeuvre du Musée de BAGDAD. - Exposition (au) Musée du Petit Palais de la Ville de PARIS, 24 Mars - 14 Juin 1981, (Paris, 1981), 217 pp. : (Photos couleurs & N/B) : - " Catalogue " = 231 N° (objets d'art, avec cylindres-sceaux, etc.).

Many of these books are available at:
Direction des Musées de France Service des biliothèques, des archives et de la documentation générale
6, rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
Tél : +33 (0)1 40 20 58 95 Fax +33 (0)1 40 20 51 69

European and North American Museums with collections from Iraq

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (Oxford, UK)

Assirian Collection, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (USA)

The Babylonian Collection, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University (USA)

Les collections du Proche-Orient et de l'Iran, Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire (Bruxelles, Belgium)

Mesopotamia, The British Museum, (London, UK)

Mesopotamia, The Detroit Institute of Arts (USA)

Mesopotamian Collection, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (USA)

Museum of Ancient Near Eastern Antiquities in the Pergamon Museum (Berlin - Mitte, Germany)

Oriental Antiquities, Mesopotamia and Anatolia, Louvre Museum, Paris (France)

Permanent Collection: Ancient Near Eastern Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University (Atlanta, USA)

The Cultural Heritage of Iraq, University of Pennsylvania Museum, (USA)

Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Special Exhibition, February 6 - May 9, 1999; McClung Museum, Knoxville, (USA)

Die Uruk-Warka Sammlung, University of Heidelberg, (Germany)

Other useful Information

List of Inventoried Museums in Iraq

AAM (American Association of Museums)

Abzu (A guide to information related to the study of Ancient Near East on the Web)

Akkadica - The e-zine of the Assyriological Foundation Georges Dossin & the Near Eastern section of the Royal Museums of Art And History, Brussels (World Wide Directory of Museums with Near Easter Collections)

British School of Archaeology in Iraq (Information about archaeological sites under threat in Iraq)


ICOM Press Releases

UNESCO and Iraq

Iraq - Heritage in Danger (UNESCO)

Updated: 11 July 2005