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The Royal Game of Ur

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1928,1009.379.h

  • Title (series)

    • The Royal Game of Ur
  • Description

    Gaming counter; white; shell; circular; five inlaid spots of lapis lazuli.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2600BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.81 inches
    • Thickness: 0.13 inches
  • Bibliography

    • Aruz & Wallenfels 2003a no. 53b, p. 101. bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G56/dc16

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2003 5 May-17 Aug, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Art of the First Cities'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1928

  • Acquisition notes

    Objects allotted to the British Museum from the Ur excavations, season 1926-1927.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1928,1009.379.h

  • Additional IDs

    • U.8632 (excavation number)
Game-board; wooden; the face is of 20 variously inlaid square shell plaques; edges made of small plaques and strips, some sculptured with an eye and some possibly with rosettes; on the back are three lines of shell triangular ornamental inlays.

Game-board; wooden; the face is of 20 variously inlaid square shell plaques; edges made of small plaques and strips, some sculptured with an eye and some possibly with rosettes; on the back are three lines of shell triangular ornamental inlays.

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