Requires Photography

Weight

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian Period (?)
1894–1595 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 8 x 10 cm, 1.1 kg (3 1/8 x 3 15/16 in., 2.3 lb.)

Accession Number

1997.190

Medium or Technique

Hematite

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Weights and measures

Balance weight in the form of a resting duck with back-turned head. Almost certainly part of the same set as 1997.16 a-f. For unknown reasons, scale weights in ancient Mesopotamia were usually carved in the form of ducks with back-turned heads.

Provenance

By 1997: with Emmanuel Tiliakos, 9 Eaton Street, Winchester, MA 01890; 1997: lent to the MFA by Mr. Tiliakos, 7 August 1997; 1997: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Tiliakos, 19 November 1997.

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund