The Slemani Museum Audio Guide 2020


The Slemani Museum is the second-largest scale in Iraq after the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. It is located in the heart of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

It is one of the main cultural symbols of the city of Sulaymaniyah which is famed for people’s love of culture and arts. In recent years, numerous new objects from the archaeological excavations conducted within the Sulaymaniyah Governorate have joined the museum’s collection.

Also, the museum has recently finished building Kid’s museum and renovating the Prehistoric section. This oral guide is the first of its kind for the museums in Iraqi Kurdistan. We hope to develop this guide more in the near future.

The Slemani Museum Oral Guide 2020 is part of the program of “Exchange in International Cooperation for Protection of Cultural Heritage in Iraqi Kurdistan” which was funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

We would like to sincerely thank those helped to complete the Oral Guide within a limited time-frame. Mr. Hashim Hama Abdullah (Director, Slemani Museum), Mr. Kamal Rasheed Raheem (Director, Slemani Directrate of Antiquities), Dr. Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin, Dr. Dilsahd Mustafa (College of Fine Arts, University of Sulaimani), Ms. Awaz Jehad ( Slemani Directrate of Antiquities), Ms. Perween Yawer ( Slemani Directrate of Antiquities) and Ms. Makiko Tsumura (Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo).

Guide: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Chubu University, Slemani Museum
Narrator: Pokke


A Short History of the Museum (1)

A Short History of the Museum (2)

About the Museum’s collection

1. Stone Hand Ax

Barda Balka, near Chamchamal
Paleolithic Period (ca. 100,000 BCE)
L: 13.9cm, W: 7.9 cm
SM 1530

2. Basalt Mortar and Pestle

Precise provenance unknown
Neolithic Period (c. 12,000 to 4500 BCE)
H: 15 cm, D: 28 cm
SM 76

3. Stone Cylinder Seal

Tell Logardan, near Chamchamal
Akkadian Period (2350-2250 BCE)
L: 3 cm, D: 1.7 cm
SM 4630, CS 955, Tell Logardan excavations,2016

4. Gold Earrings

Southern Iraq, precise provenance unknown
Ur III Period, reign of Shulgi (2093-2046 BCE)
SM 2892, 2005 Purchase

5. Sumerian Clay Tablet

Southern Iraq. Precise provenance unknown
Ur III Period, reign of Shulgi (2093-2046 BCE)
L: 11 cm, W: 3.5 cm
SM 4640 , T 1745, 2011 Purchase

6. Iddin-Sin Stele

Qarachatan Village, Sulaymaniyah Governorate
Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 BCE)
H: 76 cm, W: 37 cm, T: 27 cm
SM 16, Donated by Martyr Ghareeb Haladni 1993

7. Gold Ornaments

Bawa Gelde
Kurdistan Late Bronze Age (14th to 10th centuries BCE)
Bawa Gelde excavation 2010
Weight 8.88 g
SM 4634 , OR 0479

8. Clay Tower Incense Burner

Tell Shemshara, near Lake Dokan
Hurrian Period (ca. 1300-1000 BCE)
Baked Clay
H: 105 cm
SM 326, Tell Shemshara excavation IM62083

9. Ivory Panels

Nimrud, Nineveh Governorate
Neo-Assyrian Period (10th to 7th centuries BCE)
W: 45.5 cm
SM 4643 , ND 7918

10. Bronze Necklet with Cuneiform Inscription

Yasin Tepe, Shahrizor Plain
Kurdistan Iron Age (Neo-Assyrian Period) (8th to 7th centuries BCE)
D: 17.2 cm
SM 4641 , M 2532, Yasin Tepe excavation 2017

11. Terracotta Bathtub Coffin

YasinTepe, Shahrizor Plain
Kurdistan Iron Age (Neo-Assyrian Period) (8th to 7th centuries BCE)
H: 65cm, Depth: 61cm, W: 145cm
Baked Clay
SM 4637, P 4479, YasinTepe excavation 2017

12. Clay Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh

Southern Iraq, probably from the Babel Governorate
Neo-Babylonian Period (626-539 BCE)
Baked Clay
L: 11 cm, W: 9.5 cm
SM 4639 , T 1447, 2011 Purchase

13. Male Statue

Qalatga Darband, near Ranya
Hellenistic Period (222-133 BCE)
H: 75 cm
SM 4631 , S 01455, Qalatga Darband excavation 2016/2017

14. Silver Coin

Tell Logardan, Chamchamal
Hellenistic Period (222-133 BCE)
D: 1.3 cm, weight: 4.16 g
SM 4635, Tell Logrdan excavation 2018

15. Sasanian Bulla

Precise provenance unknown
Sasanian Period (224-651 CE)
Baked Clay
H: 7.5cm, W: 7.1 cm
SM 4630, SI 1426, 2009 Purchase

16. Glazed Pedestal Bowl

Tell Logardan, near Chamchamal
Sasanian Period (224-651 CE)
Baked Clay
H:21 cm, D: 23.9 cm
SM 4638, P 4433, Logardan excavation 2014

17. Inscribed Stone Block

Paikuli, Sulaymaniyah Governorate
Sassanid Period, reign of Narseh (293-303 CE)
L: 65.5cm, W: 48 cm
SM 2679

18. Gypsum Plaque with a Cross

Darband-I Bazian, Sulaymaniyah Governorate
Sassanid–Early Islamic Period (3rd to 7th centuries CE)
L: 26 cm, W: 14,3 cm
SM 4605

19. Gold Coin

Precise provenance unknown
Abbasid Period, reign of Harun al-Rashid (786-809 CE)
D: 2 cm, weight: 4.2 g
SM 2034, 2005 Purchase

20. Pitcher/Ewer

Tepe Raza, near New Halabja
Islamic Period (ca. 11th century CE)
H: 9.6 cm
SM 4632, G 2212, Tepa Raza excavations 1990/1991

21. Jar

Precise provenance unknown
Islamic Period (8th to 9th centuries CE)
Baked Clay
H: 82.5 cm, D: 21.5 cm
SM 4636, P 0304, 2007 Purchase

22. Inkwell

Precise provenance unknown
Islamic Period (ca. 13th century CE)
H: 6.2 cm
SM 4522 , G2112, 2011 Purchase

23. Gravestone

Gopala Village, near Bazian
Islamic Period (ca. 14th century CE)
L: 46 cm, W: 39 cm, H: 21 cm
SM 1002, Donated by Engineer Saman
Mohammad in the early 1980s

24. Clay Whistle

Zewe Village, Pira Magrun District, Sulaymaniyah
Islamic Period (ca. 18th century CE)
L: 8.5 cm, D: 1.7 cm
SM 408, P 4480, Donated by Hushyar Yasin Rasheed

25. Bronze Saucer Lamp

Yasin Tepe, Shahrizor Plain
Kurdistan Iron Age (Neo-Assyrian Period) (8th to 7th centuries BCE)

26. Stone Duck Weight

Yasin Tepe, Shahrizor Plain
Kurdistan Iron Age (Neo-Assyrian Period) (8th to 7th centuries BCE)

27. Clay Mask of Huwawa

Ur, Southern Iraq
Old Babylonian Period (20th to 16th centuries BCE)
Baked Clay.

28. Neo-Assyrian Royal Bas-relife

Precise provenance Unknown (Nimrud?)
Neo-Assyrian Period (9th to 7th centuries BCE)
Gyptum/Alabaster or so-called “Mosul marble”
Marking in Arabic on the left upper part: “MM 380” (Mosul Museum 380).

29. Stone Cylinder Seal

Matarrah (Tell Qara Yatagh), near Kirkuk
Early Dynastic III Period (2600-2350 BCE)

30. Sumerian Votive Plaque

Ur, southern Iraq
Early Dynastic III Period (2600-2350 BCE)

Prospects for the Museum

Spot Information

Duration2 hours
AreaIraq, Sulaymaniyah
AddressSalem Street, Sulaymamiyah, Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
AccessSalem Street, Oppoisite of City Star Building
Admission etc.Free entry
Hours10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Friday until 8:30 PM)
Off dayIrregular Intervals