Na­tional Mu­seum in Duhok opened

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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

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