Babylonian Stone Duck Weight


A Babylonian marble weight in the form of a duck-like bird, the head is turned backwards to rest on its back. The weight base is flat with its collection number.

Date: Circa 2nd Millennium BC
Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; acquired from a major Mayfair gallery; acquired on the London art market before 2000.
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: AS-3351 Category: Tags: ,

Known as the ‘sleeping duck’, this shape is amongst the most popular for Near Eastern weights. It was commonly used in Mesopotamia during the Early Babylonian period as a weight system, and was introduced into Anatolia by an Assyrian merchant. A great number of duck weights have found throughout the Near East and in Anatolian sites.

Weight 42.7 g
Dimensions L 3.8 cm



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