String of beads

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Early Dynastic Period
2900–2334 B.C.


Length (doubled): 48 cm (18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian and silver

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Restrung necklace composed of carnelian and silver beads excavated at the Royal Cemetery of Ur. The peoples of Mesopotamia obtained their silver and gold primarily in trade with Anatolia.


By 1985: The Astarte Gallery, London; 1985: purchased by the MFA from the Astarte Gallery, London (said to have come from the excavations of the University Museum-British Museum at the Royal Cemetery of Ur [1928]; sold on consignment by a member of Sir Leonard Wooley's family), 5 February 1985.

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund