The Netherlands Institute for the Near East
Welcome to the zone of the NINO, the Netherlands Institute for the Near East! NINO was founded in Leiden over 80 years ago, with the aim to support and stimulate research into the ancient societies of the regions of the ‘Near East’: Egypt, Levant, Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Persia. Since 2018, the institute is part of the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.
Apart from a vast library (curated by the University Libraries of Leiden), NINO owns a variety of collections, ranging from antique glass slides and photographs to thousands of years old cuneiform tablets, seals and other ancient objects (including an Egyptian mummy!)
Since the NINO collections are so diverse, they are of interest for scholars from various disciplines, such as (art) historians, archaeologists, Egyptologists, Assyriologists and archivists. Currently, there are several ongoing projects that study the collections from very different angles. This zone aims to bring these various perspectives together, to allow the objects to tell their full story. Feel free to browse around, but please keep in mind that it is work in progress; we plan to add more objects in the future!