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The golden leaves of Ur

  • M. Tengberg (a1), D.T. Potts (a2) and H.-P. Francfort (a1)

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The famous headdress of Pu-abum at Ur is an object of great beauty. But the authors show that the gold leaves of the headdresses and diadems of her court circle can tell an even richer story. Identifying among them the leaves of the sissoo tree, they show that its symbolic usage celebrated a wide range of properties, from medicine to furniture. These were properties appreciated not only in Mesopotamia but in eastern Iran and the Indus Valley, home to the sissoo tree as well as to neighbouring civilisations.

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  • M. Tengberg (a1), D.T. Potts (a2) and H.-P. Francfort (a1)

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