Sumerian duck weight
Dimensions : -
Height - 7 cm / 2-3/4 inches
Width - 6 cm / 2-1/4 inches
On offer here is a very well made replica of an ancient Sumerian duck weight. Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone it has been given an unusual aged patina with a light polish.
This particularly symmetrical example features the sweeping neck of the duck curling over a stylized egg like shape. It has an inscription on the left hand side in cuneiform writing.
Sumerian duck weights were in use as early as 2000 B.C.E and were made in various sizes and materials. They were placed on pan scales when dealing in commodities such as grain, metals and a workmans wage.
. Duck weights could also be used to check the accuracy of payment when exchanging valuables like land or paying taxes.
Duck weights corresponded to standardised units : talents and mina. One talent equals sixty mina. These units implemented how much of one commodity was equivalent to an amount of another.
The mina can be broken down into smaller measures as well, known as the shekel. The words, 'talent' and 'shekel', were put to use in other civilisations as words meaning money. In metric weights, the standardised talent is about 30 kilgrams, and a standardised mina roughly 500 grams.
*As each item is handmade, slight colour variations may occur.
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