Babylonian Marble Duck Weight

Babylonian Marble Duck Weight
Circa 2000 - 500 BC

A finely engraved Old-Babylonian marble weight takes the form of an animate sleeping duck. The smoothly engraved contour sensitively depicts a definable duck turning its head backwards, resting on the rear of its body.

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 been found throughout the Near East and in Anatolian sites.

Mesurement: 1.8 cm height 3.4 cm length

Provenance: From a private London collection, pre 1990.
With a handwritten note of professor Lambert.

Lot details
Duck Weight
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2000 - 500 BC
Good Condition, See Photo
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