A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead, <br><em>First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE</em>
A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead, <br><em>First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE</em>
A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead, <br><em>First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE</em>
A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead, <br><em>First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE</em>

A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead,
First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE

MJ2106a

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This fabulous gold bead is similar to those found in the extraordinary beaded cape discovered in the tomb of Queen Puabi, possibly a queen in her own right who probably reigned prior to the time of the First Dynasty of Ur. The Queen's upper body was covered in strands of beads made from semi-precious and precious metals that stretched from her shoulders to her belt. Adjacent to her stone burial chamber was a pit with over 70 attendants and many luxury objects, which may or may not be associated with Queen Puabi. Her extraordinary ensemble is exhibited at the Penn Museum, Pennsylvania.

For related examples see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number: 33.35.48 and the Penn Museum, accession number: 83-7-1.25

Dimensions:  Bead length: 5/8 inch (2 cm), restrung as a pendant on a modern adjustable 18-inch gold chain on 18K gold.

Condition:  Some minor separation to the central join but otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.  

Provenance:  Henry Anavian collection acquired in the 1990s, thereafter private NY collection.

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