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Object Number:B17708
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: PG 800
Period: Early Dynastic III
Date Made: 2600-2450 BCE
Early Date: -2600
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Gold
Lapis Lazuli
Carnelian
Height: 6.4 cm
Length: 43.2 cm
Depth: 0.6 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number:U.10935a - Field No SF

Description

Shubad, now Puabi.

CBS Register: U.10938 (?) is crossed out for U.10935. Queen Shubad's headdress. one crown, 20 gold rings. 3 strings. lapis (sketched), carnelian (sketch).

Puabi's "frontlet" A piece of gold is folded over on itself, allowing for three strands of beads, and then joins on the top of a gold ring. There are 20 all together and the frontlet starts and ends with gold. Inbetween each of these rings is a carnelian small ring-shaped bead, a longer lapis barrel-shaped bead, and then another carnelian ring-shaped bead. EXCEPT for the beads in the last division:there are two lapis barrels in this grouping.

Twenty gold ring pendants strung up with lapis & carnelian beads. This series of beads and rings was found beneath several other gold wreaths on the skull of Queen Puabi in grave 800 in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. It was apparently worn at the forehead with the other wreaths above it on a complex coiffure/wig.

The two cuneiform signs that compose her name were initially read as "Shub-ad" in Sumerian. Today, however, we think they should be read in Akkadian as "Pu-abi."

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
Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Roaf, Michael. 1990. Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East.. Facts On File. pg. 238 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 93View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects.. London. Dorling Kindersley Limited. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 25View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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