Silver Lyre:. This is one of the two silver lyres found in The Great Pit. They were both made of wood, covered in sheet silver attached with small silver nails. The eleven silver tubes acted as tuning pegs.
The Silver Lyre, ca. 2600-2400 BC. This lyre was found in the 'Great Death Pit' in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. Three lyres were piled one on top of another. Their wood had decayed by the time they were excavated, but two of them were entirely covered in sheet silver attached by small silver nails. When found, the metal was very brittle and the uprights were squashed flat. First it was photographed, and then covered in wax and waxed cloth to hold it together for lifting.