Lyre Fragment Bull Head

Lyre Fragment Bull Head

Object Type:
Lyre
Materials:
Bitumen,
Gold,
Lapis Lazuli,
Shell,
Silver

Gold and Lapis head of the Great Lyre. Eyes of head are either Conus or Strombus

CBS Register: Bull’s gold head, and shell inlay plaques. Harp of the king. Reconstructed. PG 789

(A is the Plaque, B is the Head)

Bull’s head in sheet gold with lapis beard found in grave 789 of the Royal Cemetery at Ur. There is a great deal of detail in the bull’s eyes, snout, and the curls of its beard, which represents the power of the king as well as the god Shamash. It was originally affixed to the front of a wooden lyre, the decayed remains of which were somewhat apparent in the soil when excavated.