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Ancient Turkey (Room 54)
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery
About 5500 – 300 BC
Ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) forms an important land link between Europe and Asia. Objects in Room 54 show different Anatolian cultures from Prehistoric to Hellenistic times.
Examples of Early Bronze Age craftsmanship on display include silver bull and cup. Business archives of Middle Bronze Age merchants illustrate trading between central Anatolia and Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Delicate gold jewellery and figurines date from the Hittite period. Iron Age objects from Urartu, eastern Turkey, include winged bulls and griffins used to decorate furniture.