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 BCE
Early Date: -2600
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
Lapis Lazuli
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.

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."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) 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
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) 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: Page 94/Figure 34View 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: 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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