Sumerian / Mesopotamia duck weight with cuneiform writing Shulgi son of Ur Namu

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Sumerian duck weight

Dimensions : -

Height - 10 cm / 6-1/4 inches

Width - 10.5cm / 4-1/4 inches

Length - 16 cm / 6-1/4 inches

On offer here is a well made replica of an ancient Sumerian duck weight. Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone it has been given an aged black patina with a light polish.

This sleek example features the sweeping neck of the duck curling over the stylized shape of the duck's body. It has an inscription on one side carved in cuneiform writing that mentions 'Shulgi - son of Ur Nammu' .

The moon god Nanna is represented by a subsidiary motif of the crescent moon on the opposite flank.

Background information

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 workman's 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 standardized 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 standardized talent is about 30 kilograms, and a standardized mina roughly 500 grams.

The duck weight on offer is approximately 1 kilogram / 2.2 pounds.

*As each item is handmade, slight colour variations may occur.

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