Set of six duck-shaped balance weights

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


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: a. L: 43, W: 35, H: 32mm. 83.4 gms. = 10 shekels. b. L: 36, W: 30, H: 27mm. 47.68 gms. = 6 shekels. c. L: 33, W: 29, H:23 mm. 38.21 gms. = 5 shekels. d. L: 25, W: 23, H: 21 mm. 18.87 gms. = 2 1/4 shekels. e. L: 23, W: 20, H: 18 mm. 11.929 gms. = 1 1/2 shekels. f. L: 18, W: 16, H: 13 mm. 5.96 gms. = 3/4 shekeLength:

Accession Number

1997.16a-f

Medium or Technique

Hematite

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Weights and measures

Six duck-shaped balance weights. For unknown reasons, scale weights in ancient Mesopotamia were usually carved in the form of ducks with back-turned heads.

Provenance

By 1997: with the Mele Gallery, Noele & Ronald Mele, 10 Prospect Road, Westport, CT 06880; 1997: lent to the MFA by the Mele Gallery, 6 February 1997; 1997: purchased by the MFA from the Mele Gallery, 26 March 1997.

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund and Marilyn M. Simpson Fund