Open today 10 am – 5 pm



This object is On Display

View All (8) Object Images

Object Number:B16726
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: PG 800
Period: Early Dynastic III
Date Made: 2600-2450 BCE
Early Date: -2600
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Lapis Lazuli
Height: 2 cm
Length: 12.3 cm
Width: 4.2 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number:U.10985 - Field No SF


CBS Register: VI Season. lapis bearded bull pendant. 3 large, 1 small lapis bead, and 1 large carnelian bead.

This string of two flat and two rhomboidal beads from which an amulet depends was found next to the queen’s left shoulder. The amulet is in the form of a recumbent bearded bull sculpted in the round, with his head turned out from his body. His tail is tucked under his hind leg. Such amulets are shown on incised plaques from Mari and from Nippur suspended with cylinder seals from rings attached to cloak pins.

In addition to this bull amulet, three fish amulets of gold and lapis and an amulet of recumbent gazelles hung from three gold pins found against the queen’s right upper arm. Three lapis lazuli cylinder seals were suspended from the pins as well. Next to the right shoulder was a reclining calf figure carved of lapis that was strung together with three large beads of lapis and agate.

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, Exhibition] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.. New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 112View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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: Page 96/Figure 33View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Legrain, Leon. 1929. "The Boudoir of Queen Shubad". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 20. no. 3-4. pg. 210-245 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 220, pl. VView Objects related to this Actual Citation

You may also be interested in these objects:

Report problems and issues to digitalmedia@pennmuseum.org.