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Special Collections
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This long-term exhibit on view at the Penn Museum highlights the extraordinarily rich finds from the 4,500-year-old royal tombs from the ancient city of Ur in southern Mesopotamia, modern Iraq. Among the nearly 2,000 burials that were discovered at the site by the famed archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley was the intact tomb of the Sumerian queen Puabi. Her body was found adorned with an elaborate headdress (pictured above) consisting of gold leaves, gold ribbons, strands of lapis lazuli and carnelian beads, along with chokers, necklaces and large lunate-shaped earrings. She also wore an elaborately decorated pectoral covered by strands of beads made of precious metals and semiprecious stones.

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