Requires Photography

Ribbon

Near Eastern, Anatolian
Bronze Age
about 2400 B.C.


Dimensions

250 cm (98 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.121

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Thin band, 2.5m. in length, to wrap around shroud, or perhaps over wreaths and hair ornaments as gold and silver ribbons at Ur. Broken at one end, hooked at other.

Such ornaments appear to have formed the burial jewelry of a high-born woman, not unlike the gold treasures found by Heinrich Schliemann at Troy in 1878. Certain Egyptian motifs suggest commerce and sea ties between Egypt and coastal Asia Minor in the mid-third millennium BC.

Provenance

1968, sold by George Zacos (dealer), Basel, Switzerland, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1968)

Credit Line

Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay