Gold Spouted Cup from Ur

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 19 February 2018

The long spout of this gold vessel would probably have been used as a drinking straw. There are engraved decorations around the upper rim and around the base. The gold sheet was hammered. The source of this type of gold is unknown but probably it was imported into Mesopotamia. 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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