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Find Images: Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian

These are image resources selected for their focus on the art and visual culture of Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions

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IMAGE FINDING GUIDES
Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

SELECTED IMAGE SOURCES

  • Ancient Near East Photographs
    “This collection, created by Professor Scott Noegel, documents artifacts and archaeological sites of the ancient Near East. Currently, all images are of Egypt and Israel, although plans exist to eventually add images from Anatolia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.”
  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • Duke Papyrus Archive
    “The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt. The target audience includes: papyrologists, ancient historians, archaeologists, biblical scholars, classicists, Coptologists, Egyptologists, students of literature and religion and all others interested in ancient Egypt.”
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art of the Ancient World
    “The Art of the Ancient World collection ranks among the premier encyclopedic collections in the world, with over 83,000 works of art from Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Anatolia. The objects in the collection range in date from about 6500 BC to AD 600 and cover a broad geographical expanse, from Britain to Afghanistan. There is something for everyone, including sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical instruments, and mosaics.”
  • Stoa Image Gallery
    “The Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication exists primarily to serve classicists. Its image gallery contains user-created albums with many large, high quality images available for non-commercial purposes.”
  • Walters Art Museum, Ancient Egypt and Nubia
    “Statuary, reliefs, stelae, funerary objects, jewelry and objects from daily life, dating from prehistoric to Roman Egypt (5th millennium BC– 4th century AD), can be found in the Walters’ collection of ancient Egyptian art.”
  • WorldImages, Egypt
    “The long history of Egyptian art is divided into art forms, starting with architecture, then painting, sculpture and the applied arts.” From California State University.
  • WorldImages, Iran (Persia)
    Collections include Iranian Prehistory; Achaemenid & Parthian Art; Sasanian Art; and Safavid. From California State University.
  • WorldImages, Mesopotamia & Anatolia
    Collections include Sumerians & Akkadians; Babylonians & Kassites; Assyrians; and Anatolians, Hittites & Urartians. From California State University.

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: