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Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : The so-called "Standard of Ur"

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Title: Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : The so-called "Standard of Ur"
Author(s): Strommenger, Eva
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;mosaic & inlay;book scan
Description: The sides slope outwards towards the bottom, so not likely to be a harp or lyre sounding-box. The "Peace Side" lower register shows men with tufts of hair standing straight up & dressed in skirts with split or smooth edges leading onagers or carrying burdens (All the burden carriers are bald), & perhaps they are the defeated group from "War Side" bringing tribute. Two similar figures appear as a continuation in the left part of the middle register, whilst people in smooth skirts with tufted edges bring animals & fish to the banquet. This mosaic depicts a particular historical event and all those involved are carefully characterized, but difficult to interpret without inscription. -- A wooden box decorated with mosaic from the Royal Cemetery at Ur, "Royal Tomb", Meskalamdu(g) phase (c. 2685-2645 BC), mosaics of shell, red limestone and lapis lazuli inlaid in bitumen, 20.3 x 48.3 cm (British Museum).
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4133


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