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Restrung necklace composed of carnelian and silver beads excavated at the Royal Cemetery of Ur. The peoples of Mesopotamia obtained their silver and gold primarily in trade with Anatolia.

Provenance

By 1985: The Astarte Gallery, London; 1985: purchased by the MFA from the Astarte Gallery, London (said to have come from the excavations of the University Museum-British Museum at the Royal Cemetery of Ur [1928]; sold on consignment by a member of Sir Leonard Wooley's family), 5 February 1985.

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Early Dynastic Period, 2900–2334 B.C.

Dimensions

Length (doubled): 48 cm (18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1985.350

Medium or Technique

Carnelian and silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads