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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.


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

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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Weights & Measures