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 found throughout the Near East and in Anatolian sites.
Babylonian Stone Duck Weight
A Babylonian marble weight in the form of a duck-like bird, the head is turned backwards to rest on its back. The weight base is flat with its collection number.
Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; acquired from a major Mayfair gallery; acquired on the London art market before 2000.
Condition: Fine condition.