National Museum in Duhok opened
With more than 1,000 antiquities in its collections, the National Museum in Duhok has opened. The museum is the first step towards an international museum which is to be opened this year in Duhok.
The new museum opened under the slogan “In the shadow of the flag of Kurdistan”. The ceremony was held in Dohuk’s Directorate of Antiques in the presence of the provincial governor and other officials.
The governor of Duhok delivered a speech expressing his happiness and his readiness to support the museum.
The museum’s exhibits are displayed in glass cases. Some pieces are said to be unique: “The antiquities express the ancient civilization of Kurdistan. Excavated by Kurdish archaeologists, they have been conserved and showcased in this museum” said Dr Hassan Ahmad Qasim, the head of the Duhok Directorate of Antiques. He added that the museum makes it clear that Kurdish archaeologists and museum professionals can achieve world-class results if they are properly supported.
The museum is a national museum because its exhibits cover the whole civilization of Kurdistan. “It is the only museum in which antiquities have been excavated from the Kurdistani earth,” said Dr. Hassan. “This is just a step towards the creation of the great International Museum which is to open this year in Duhok,” he added.
Amongst the exhibits showcased in the museum, there are many dating back to ancient times.
One of the ancient pieces, which has been adopted as the museum’s logo, is a round stamp used by a Mitanni king who is believed to have ruled Duhok in 1500 BC. At that time, Duhok was one of the greatest cities in the region, and was called Su-Du-Hi (or Shodokhi: there is a neighbourhood in Duhok called Shindokha today). Dr. Hassan says the culture held the sun sacred, and that its people were rearers of horses who used chariots in battle.
The Museum is equipped with a modern computer system. As Dr Hasan says, “An American system has been followed in regard to the database and the Museum’s lighting system. This is the first time this system has been used in the Middle East. We are proud to have such a museum in Duhok.”
Inside the National Museum in Duhok. PressPhoto