#16. Standard of Ur from the Royal Tombs at Ur (modern Tell el-Muqayyar)

Art Historical Background So the title of "standard" is a bit of a misnomer: a "standard" is something that is put on a pole and typically carried in a procession or battle. The archeologist who discovered this piece in 1928, Leonard Woolley, was absolutely convinced it was a standard: "...I can find no other explanation [...]