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16.08.2011 — Brilliant end to 'The Tell Halaf Adventure' with an auction

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28 January – 14 August 2011
Pergamonmuseum, Museum Island Berlin

»It would be truly wonderful if the smashed fragments from the stone images could somehow be gathered together, brought to the National Museums and reassembled at a later date. In the case of this collection, it would, however, be a tremendous task, since the sculptures have been shattered into countless, often minute fragments.«

MAX VON OPPENHEIM AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF HIS TELL HALAF MUSEUM, 1944

Two seated figures, early 9th century BCE, Tell Halaf
© National Museums in Berlin, Photo: Hans D. Beyer