Where did the museum find this jewelry and how many people do you think wore them?
Like much of the finest ancient art, this jewelry likely comes from a Sumerian tomb. Pieces like these made of such precious materials would have belonged to elite--even royal--members of society. We don't know how many hands they may have passed through before being buried though.
Who would wear this piece of jewelry?
These necklaces come from Sumerian tombs, but include materials that had been imported from other regions such as modern day Afghanistan. Therefore such pieces were expensive and would only have belonged to elite members of society.
How do you pronounce lapis lazuli?
The 'a' in "lapis" sounds like the 'a' in "apple" and the 'i' is short. The same 'a' sound is used in "lazuli," the 'u' is like 'oo' and it ends in a long 'i'.
Tell me more.
We actually don't know much about these beautiful adornments but they are certainly made of luxurious materials. They are of a style that would have been owned by wealthy Sumerians. Sumer was in southern Iraq.
Gold, for example was highly valued in antiquity, not unlike today. Lapis lazuli, the dark blue stone was highly
valued for its rarity and brilliant color. Carnelian, the reddish stone, was popular in Near Eastern and Mediterranean jewelry and seals.