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A diadem is a headband or crown which usually means that the wearer is royal. This one was found in the grave of a very young child, tied around their head. They were probably from a royal family in the ancient city of Ur. The diadem is made out of gold and precious stones.
A few final facts...
Deposits of metal and precious stones are not found in Mesopotamia itself, but only in the surrounding mountains. Metal was therefore highly prized, with gold being one of the most precious metals. The blue stone on the diadem is lapis lazuli, mined in Afghanistan. The red stone is carnelian.
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