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String of Beads

Cape (clothing)

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2650-2550 BC
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Near Eastern
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.
-long collar made of triangular beads as well as squat biconical beads with very few small balls in place of a squat biconical. Worn around the shoulder area, not vertical like the "cloak" beads. The 12 lapis triangles all face the same direction and have three holes cut through them. They are carved on both sides to mimic the folded nature of the gold triangles. The 11 gold triangle beads are all a single sheet of gold, folded over, and in many cases you can see the "tab" where it folds back onto itself. The folded nature of the beads leaves 7 "holes" through the bead. In all cases, the top and bottom strands have a pattern of gold, lapis, gold beads between the triangles. The center strand has a pattern of lapis, gold, and lapis beads. Each strand has 66 small beads, in groups of three.
One small lapis squat biconical bead bears the number CBS17292 which is the number of Puabi's cuff.
Credit Line:
British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1983

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jun 2010)
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[Catalogue] Zettler, Richard L. & Horne, Lee C. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur. : Page/Fig./Plate: 95
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[Catalogue, Exhibition] 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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