- Museum number
Lapis lazuli cylinder seal; inscription; design is divided into two parts, both showing banquet scenes; the upper one includes a seated figure holding a cup that may be Queen Pu-abi herself; the scene also includes a female figure standing behind the seated figure and a similar group of males; the lower scene consists of antithetical groups of an attendant offering cup to a seated person. Attendant with flask stands behind while another holds table; rejoined.
- Production date
Diameter: 2.60 centimetres
Height: 4.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The jewellery was found by the right arm of Queen Pu-abi herself, who lay outstretched on her back upon a bier; other items are now preserved in the Iraq Museum in Baghdad and the University Museum in Philadelphia.
Item sketched by Herzfeld, apparently while on display as there is no record of Herzfeld being given a students' room ticket; Herzfeld was resident in London in 1934/36. This sketch is on p. 7 of Herzfeld's Notebook 21 (Freer & Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian).
- On display (G56/dc13)
- Exhibition history
2022-2023 15 Oct - 19 Feb, New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia
2003 5 May-17 Aug, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Art of the First Cities'
1999, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum 'Royal Cemetery of Ur'
1997 29 May-28 Oct, Germany, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum, Das Siegel Im Alten Vorderasien
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.26
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.26
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.26
- Fair; repaired; split down centre and glued.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Excavation/small finds number: U.10939 (excavation number)