Description (Catalog Card): Terracotta relief. Fragmentary. Shamash(?) and 3 minor gods? [drawing 1:1]2     
Find Context (Catalog Card): BC upper levels in or under house 30/c (higher than the wall foundations)     
Material (Catalog Card): terracotta     
U Number: 16281     
Museum: British Museum      
Season Number: 09: 1930-1931      
Object Type: Figural Objects >> Plaques/Reliefs 1     
Description (Modern): Fired clay plaque depicting cult scene; mould-made; bottom part missing; at the top is a bearded, turbaned figure holding a socketed axe and a flail across chest to shoulders; worn facial features; wears garment; on either side are rows of sickle shaped objects or flames (or snakes?); figure stands on a balcony or emerges from brazier (offering stand or altar?); just below top is a band of raised circles; below this is a smaller central figure facing front, with hands clasped to chest, perhaps holding objects; at the sides are heads of grimacing demons, probably representing Humbaba (the head on the left is missing).1     
Material: Inorganic Remains >> Clay >> Fired >> Terracotta      
Museum Number (BM Registration Number): 1931,1010.397     
Measurement (Height): 801     
Measurement (Width): 831     
Measurement (Depth): 141     
[1] Data collected by British Museum research team.
[2] Woolley's description

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Location Context Title Context Description Description (Modern)
House 30/C Five houses of the Isin-Larsa/Old Babylonian period infringed upon the ruins of the Shulgi Mausoleum and its Amar-Sin annexes. In fact, the houses were built almost directly above its remains and it is curious to think that the large and important mausolea would have faded so completely from memory that houses would be built here 100 - 200 years later. Woolley felt that the Elamite destruction had been severe enough to accomplish this. The southwest wall of the mausolea remained to a height of 2 meters while the northeast wall was substantially ruined and it is this northeastern side that is most heavily built over. Woolley excavated these houses quickly in his effort to uncover the larger Ur III structure and numbered them as one unit, House 30. Later he separated the plans into individual houses, labeled House 30 A-E. All were badly denuded and few finds came from them, though typically there were also graves beneath the floors that are better recorded. These and drainpipes often disturbed parts of the ruined mausolea below., Very little remains of this building. (none)
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Media: 16281 | 1931,1010.397 Export: JSON - XML - CSV

Media Media Title Title Label Author Omeka Label
Woolley's Catalog Cards Woolley's Catalog Cards Card -- BM ID:194 Box:64 Page:235 Card -- BM ID:194 Box:64 Page:235 (none)
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Excavation Context: Ur >> Mausoleum Site | BC >> House 30/C


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