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Object Number:B16727
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: PG 800
Period: Early Dynastic IIIB
Date Made: 2500-2340 BCE
Early Date: -2500
Late Date: -2340
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Lapis Lazuli
Length: 4.2 cm
Outside Diameter:2.6 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number:U.10448a - Field No SF
P270168 - CDLI Number


CBS Register: VI Season. Lapis cylinder seal of A bar gi. found against the wooden chest in the grave of Queen Shubad (Puabi).

UE II: Cylinder seal, lapis-lazuli. Inscription A-BAR-GI. Found with beads and other small objects against the end of the "wardrobe" box.

Woolley reported that this double-register banquet scene was found against the end of the “wardrobe box” in the fill above the floor. This cylinder seals differs from B16728 in two aspects: here both male and female participants are depicted, and there is no musical performance. A personal name read in Sumerian as A-bara-ge is inscribed in three vertically arranged cuneiform signs to the side of the scene in the upper register.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) 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: Pages 78-79/Figure 18View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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