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Friends of Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Friends of Ancient Near Eastern Art is a group composed of individuals who are passionate about the art and culture of the ancient Near East. Six special events per year, hosted by the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, are designed to enrich members' experience with the ancient past through a variety of exclusive programming.

Annual dues: $6,000 ($5,038 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $5,000 ($4,038 is tax deductible)

Ishtar Society members annual dues: $10,000 ($8,962 is tax deductible)*

For more information, please call 212-570-3907 or email [email protected].

Highlights of Events

  • Invitations to previews and opening receptions for exhibition organized by the department
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of special programs throughout the year led by department curators
  • Spring Garden Party at The Met Cloisters

*Ishtar Society members and their guests will receive the opportunity to schedule a private tour of our galleries with department curators. Membership at this level also includes an invitation for two to an evening program and a reception with the Museum's director.


Above: Two panels with striding lions (detail), ca. 604–562 B.C. Neo-Babylonian, Mesopotamia, Babylon (modern Hillah). Ceramic, glaze; 38.25 x 89.5 in. (97.16 x 227.33 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.13.1-.2)