Thanks, Mona, for your interest in this area. It is indeed
fascinating. I, too, have long wondered why the Egyptian material
(which is also interesting) has received the lion’s share of general
There are books showing some of that Sumerian jewelry. Penn’s
University Museum recently sent an exhibition of Ur goodies around
the country, and the book with it is entitled Treasures from the
Royal Tombs of Ur (edited by R. Zettler and Lee Horne; 1998). It
gives a good summary and the latest thinking on the "Royal Tombs"
and many close-up photos of the portion of the Ur jewelry, stone
work, harps, statues, headdresses, cylinder seals, etc., that was
allotted to Penn (which was a partner with the British Museum in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City recently had a
wonderful exhibit, “Art of the First Cities,” and the book with it
has the same title. There’s more Sumerian jewelry on pp. 123-132.
The rest of the book is great eye-candy, too.
If you get the catalog from the MMA store, in it you will find
reproductions of some of the Sumerian jewelry for sale.
As for the two different names for the high-born woman found in the
rich tomb in the “Royal” Cemetery, “Shub-Ad” is the Sumerian
reading of the cuneiform signs making up her name; “Pu-Abi” is an
Akkadian reading of the same signs.