A rare Sumerian Gold Biconical Bead Pendant, First Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2500 - 2445 BCE
MJ2106Regular price $1,950 USD
This fabulous gold bead is similar to those found in the extraordinary beaded cape discovered in the tomb of Queen Puabi, possibly a queen in her own right who probably reigned prior to the time of the First Dynasty of Ur. The Queen's upper body was covered in strands of beads made from semi-precious and precious metals that stretched from her shoulders to her belt. Adjacent to her stone burial chamber was a pit with over 70 attendants and many luxury objects, which may or may not be associated with Queen Puabi. Her extraordinary ensemble is exhibited at the Penn Museum, Pennsylvania.
Dimensions: Pendant length: 5/8 inch (2 cm), the bead has been strung as a pendant on an expandable 18K gold chain. The chain will expand up to 18 inches.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. Restrung as a pendant on a modern 18K solid gold chain.
Provenance: Henry Anavian collection acquired in the 1990s, thereafter private NY collection.