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Queen's lyre from Ur, southern Iraq, 2600-2400 BCE. Stringed instrument with a bull's head, found in the grave of Queen Pu-abi, part of the Royal Tombs in the cemetery at Ur. Along with the lyre were the bodies of ten women with fine jewellery, presumed to be sacrificial victims. One woman lay right against the lyre, the bones of her hands placed where the strings wuld have been. ANE 121198A
The lid of one of four canopic jars found in tomb No.55 in the Valley of the Kings. It may originally have been made for Kiya (she was a wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Little is known about her, and she is scarcely documented until Akhenaten's first and Chief wife Nefertiti disappears from the record). It dates from the Amarna period. Alabaster; Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. New Kingdom (19th dynasty).