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Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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121199

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Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

    Full: Front

  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre from royal cemetery at Ur

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the original silver pegs can be seen to the right; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill; lions attacking a goat and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the original silver pegs can be seen to the right; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill; lions attacking a goat and a lion attacking a gazelle.

    Full: Front

  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

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  • Silver lyre; the silver which covers this lyre and its bull's head, and the shell, lapis lazuli and red limestone inlay decoration are ancient, but the wooden frame, the 11 pegs, strings and bridge are modern; the 8(?) original silver pegs are exhibited separately; the panel on the front of the lyre depicts fallow deer and a tree on a hill, lions attacking a goat, and a lion attacking a gazelle.

    3/4: Left