Near Eastern, Anatolian
about 2400 B.C.
250 cm (98 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
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.
1968, sold by George Zacos (dealer), Basel, Switzerland, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1968)
Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay