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Neo-Assyrian Stone Three-Shekel Weight - Duck Form

Ancient Near East, Syria/Palestine, Neo-Assyrian period, ca. 7th to 6th century BCE. An adorable three-shekel weight in the form of a diminutive duck, hand-carved from a mottled green-brown stone with light and dark inclusions. The duck has a minimalistic teardrop-shaped body, a flat base, and a petite projecting head with drilled eyes and a conical beak. Weights like this example were used to measure quantities of various substances from spices, grain, and forging metals. Size: 0.7" W x 1.75" H (1.8 cm x 4.4 cm).

Condition: Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age and use, small nicks to head and body, with fading to some finer details on the face, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label beneath base.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection; ex-private Los Angeles, California, USA collection

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