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Set of six duck-shaped balance weights

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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

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Weights & Measures