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String of Beads

Cape (clothing)

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PG 800
Date Made:
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.
-30 gold, carnelian and agate beads with no real pattern, and including two pendants that, in a "cloak" would have stood out perpendicular to the strand. The strand begins and ends with a small carnelian ring. The 20 carnelian beads are pendants, squat biconicals, barrel biconicals, flattened lozenges, and barrels. The 8 gold beads are almost all flattened [one isn't] and round and rectangle in shape. There is one agate barrel bead, slightly rounded. CBS17295 is written on this object, on the 6th gold bead from the top.
Credit Line:
British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq
Other Number:
B17287   -   Old Museum Number
B17295   -   Old Museum Number

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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