Headdress of One of Queen Puabi's Attendants

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
by
published on 22 February 2018

This woman's headdress is composed of a double row of carnelian and lapis lazuli beads. Thirteen gold leaf-shaped pendants are attached to the beads. The leaves appear to be polar leaves or leaves of the sissoo, or Indian rosewood tree. This jewellery was part of a headdress worn by one of Queen Puabi's attendants and was found inside Puabi's grave. 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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