War side - wide layout  Hollow box, possibly part of a musical instrument; decorated on all four sides with inlaid mosaic scenes made from shell, red limestone and lapis lazuli, set in bitumen. One of the long sides shows a war scene; a Sumerian army with chariots and infantry charges the enemy; prisoners are brought before the king, who is accompanied by guards and has his own chariot waiting behind him. The other long side shows scenes of peace; men are bringing animals, fish etc; at the top the king banquets with friends; they are entertained by a singer and a man on a lyre. The triangular end panels show fanciful scenes, found damaged.

The Standard of Ur
1928,1010.3,
AN12550001

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