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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. Five to six special activities per year, hosted by the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, are designed to enrich members' experience with the ancient past. Typical events include behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions and notable areas of The Met collection, private lectures from leading scholars and archaeologists, and curatorial presentations on topics related to the collection and exhibitions.

Annual dues: $4,000 ($3,038 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,000 ($2,038 is tax deductible)

For more information, please call 212-650-2075 or email [email protected].

Highlights of Past Events

  • Lecture and presentation by Bonnie Burnham, president and chief executive officer of the World Monuments Fund, entitled Babylon: Planning for the Future, followed by an intimate discourse
  • Visit to the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago for an exclusive guided tour of its Near Eastern galleries
  • Film viewing followed by a presentation by Suzy Hakimian, director of the Beirut National Museum, entitled The Beirut National Museum: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict
  • Behind-the-scenes preview of the treasure of Peter the Great in the exhibition Golden Deer of Eurasia: Scythian and Sarmatian Treasures from the Russian Steppes

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)