Artefacts from the Ancient Middle East in the Collections of Jelšingrad Manor

Authors

  • Lucija Čakš Orač Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine
  • Jan Ciglenečki University of Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.4.1.89-116

Keywords:

Oriental Museum Jelšingrad, Rudolf Oskar Gödel-Lannoy, Emil Gödel-Lannoy, Mesopotamia, cylinder seals, animal amulets

Abstract

In the mid-19th century, Jelšingrad (Erlachstein) manor, located on the northwestern outskirts of Šmarje pri Jelšah, underwent a complete renovation in the Orientalist style. The person responsible for this exotic renovation was the manor’s owner, Rudolf Oskar Gödel-Lannoy (1814–1883), who had had a long diplomatic career in Egypt, the Middle East, and the Balkans, and was a systematic collector of antiquities from these lands. Upon returning from the diplomatic missions, he decided to exhibit the collected antiquities in the orientalist halls of Jelšingrad manor, referred to in contemporary sources as the Oriental Museum. The Germans seized the  exhibited objects in 1943 and transferred them to the Regional Museum in Maribor (Pokrajinski muzej Maribor). Their list shows that Lannoy’s collection of antiquities included objects from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Apart from the ancient Egyptian fragment of the 18th-dynasty sarcophagus of Merimose, now housed in the National Museum in Prague, the content of Lannoy’s antiquarian collections has not yet received scholarly attention. The present paper focuses on the collection of Mesopotamian objects, i.e. cylinder seals, stamp seals, animal amulets, and a clay cone of King Gudea of Lagaš, which are presently kept in the depot of the archaeological collection of the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz.

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Published

29.09.2022

How to Cite

Čakš Orač, Lucija, and Jan Ciglenečki. 2022. “Artefacts from the Ancient Middle East in the Collections of Jelšingrad Manor”. Clotho 4 (1):89-116. https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.4.1.89-116.

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