String of Beads



Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B16694
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area PG 800
Period Early Dynastic III
Date Made 2600-2450 BCE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Gold | Lapis Lazuli
Iconography Rosette

CBS Register: Queen Shubad necklace. 3 string lapis and gold. Pendant of gold and lapis. 12 petals.

Choker necklace found at the neck of Queen Puabi in grave 800 of the Royal Cemetery at Ur. It has a gold rosette at the center with 12 petals on the rosette, lapis at the center of "flower" and 6 lapis petal inlays in every other petal on the flower. Coming off of each side are three strands of lapis and gold ball-shaped beads. The majority of the bead pattern is as follows: One lapis, one gold; three lapis, three gold. This pattern repeats on each strand coming off the rosette.

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."

Height 0.3 cm
Length 43 cm
Width 3 cm
Credit Line British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number U.10982 - Field No SF

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