Gold and Lapiz Lazuli Pin of Puabi, Ur

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 23 February 2018

This gold toggle was found with the body of Puabi herself inside her grave, by her upper left arm. Puabi was a Semitic Akkadian woman from Ur, c. 2600 BCE, possibly a queen or priestess. The lapis lazuli head was carved, perforated, and polished, and it was overlaid with two gold caps. This pin must have helped secure her cloak. A cylinder seal was found attached to this toggle. Early Dynastic Period, circa 2600 BCE. From the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Part of objects allotted to the British Museum from Ur excavation season 1927-1928 CE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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