From Ur, southern
About 2600-2400 BC
Found in the 'Queen's Grave'
This spouted silver jug comes from the
'Queen's Grave' in the Royal Cemetery at
Ur. It was found on the floor of the pit, behind the remains of a
large chest and among a collection of fifteen fluted silver
tumblers nested into each other in groups of five. The jug may have
been used for serving wine at banquets, as depicted on objects of
this period such as a lapis lazuli cylinder seal, also in The
British Museum. These banquets may have been like later Greek
The silver to make the jug probably came from Iran, or from Anatolia (modern Turkey), brought down the River Euphrates into Sumer (southern Mesopotamia). It may have been exchanged as part of trade in Sumer's agricultural produce and textiles.
C.L. Woolley and others, Ur Excavations, vol. II: The R (London, The British Museum Press, 1934)
T.C. Mitchell, Sumerian art: illustrated by o (London, The British Museum Press, 1969)
Diameter: 12.700 cm
Weight: 842.000 g