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String of Beads


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Object Number:B16694
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: PG 800
Period: Early Dynastic III
Date Made: 2600-2450 BC
Early Date: -2600
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
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


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

-Puabi's necklace, worn at neck like a choker, with gold rosette at the center. 12 petals on the rosette, with lapis at center of "flower" and 6 lapis petal inlays in every other petal on flower. Coming off of each side are three strands of laps 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. 5 of the 6 strands contain 53 beads [the pattern ending in a lapis bead] and one strand contains 52 beads [pattern ending in a gold bead]

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


[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: 97View 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: 113View 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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