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Object Number:83-7-1.87
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Date Made: 2650-2550 BC
Early Date: -2650
Late Date: -2550
Section:Near Eastern
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 95View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 112View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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