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String of Beads

Cape (clothing)

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Object Number:
83-7-1.88
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Iraq
Ur
Date Made:
2650-2550 BC
Early Date:
-2650
Late Date:
-2550
Section:
Near Eastern
Materials:
Carnelian
Description:
Cloak beads from the upper body of the lady Pu-Abi. collar made of triangular lapis lazuli and gold beads and gold and lapis lazuli biconical beads. Four strands below collar of lapiz lazuli, gold and carnelian tube beads. 86 strings run vertically.
-4 strands of lapis, gold, carnelian barrel beads. Some are biconical of various degrees. This would have been worn at the top of the 86 vertical strands. The four strands, depending on mounting, hang in different orders, so this is a description of each strand.
Strand One: 61 beads, beginning with lapis and ending with carnelian. For the most part there is a pattern of alternating carnelian with a lapis or gold bead. 16 lapis, 29 carnelian, 16 gold.
Strand Two: 58 beads, beginning with lapis and ending with carnelian. For the most part there is a pattern of alternating carnelian with a lapis or gold bead. 14 lapis, 28 carnelian, 16 gold.
Strand Three: Museum number on second bead from lef, the first gold beadt: 58 beads, beginning with carnelian and ending with lapis. For the most part there is a pattern of alternating carnelian with a lapis or gold bead. 15 lapis, 27 carnelian, 16 gold.
Strand Four: 59 beads, beginning with carnelian and ending with lapis. For the most part there is a pattern of alternating carnelian with a lapis or gold bead. CBS17288 written on second lapis bead from the same end as the museum number on strand three. 15 lapis, 28 carnelian, 16 gold.
Credit Line:
British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq
Other Number:
B17294   -   Old Museum Number
B17058   -   Old Museum Number
B17288   -   Old Museum Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jun 2010)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Zettler, Richard L. & Horne, Lee C. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur. : Page/Fig./Plate: 95
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[Catalogue] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus. : Page/Fig./Plate: 112
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