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Hair Comb

Object Number:B16693
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:Lapis Lazuli
Gold
Height: 30.6 cm
Width: 27.8 cm
Depth: 11.7 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1928
Other Number:U.10937 - Field No SF

Description

Shubad, now Puabi.

CBS Register: gold comb of Queen Shubad and 7 gold flowers.

Broad hair comb of solid gold found behind the skull of Queen Puabi in grave 800 in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. This would originally have been fastened in amongst the hair at the back of the head to stabilize a large coiffure. The seven gold flowers that spring from it would have jutted above the hair-do to form a dazzling display. Each of the gold flowers has eight petals and a lapis center that is then topped by a gold disk.

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] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 147View 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: Pages 89-92/Figure 29View 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.. New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 110-111View 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: Page 25 RightView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Reichel, Clemens, and Evans, Jean M., and Green, Jack D., and Benzel, Kim, and Miller, Naomi, and Pittman, Holly, and Zettler, Richard L., and Hafford, William B., and Azara, Pedro, and Chi, Jennifer. Feb 2015. From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics.. New York City. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. pg. 240 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 148View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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