Babylonian Rock Crystal Weight in Form of a Duck

Culture: Mesopotamia
Period: 2nd millennium B.C.
Material: Rock crystal
Dimensions: 6.4 cm long; 51.6 gram
Price: Sold
Ref: 6473
Provenance: From an old New York collection. On 8 November 2018 in an US auction. Thence again in a New York collection.
Condition: Intact
Description: Very rare and large rock crystal duck weight. The depiction in classical form of a crouching duck with its head turned backwards over the shoulder. The neck is long and slender, the closed beak gently rests on the back. The figure is elegant and worked out in high quality, the base is flat. The weight of 51.6 gram corresponds to around six Old Babylonian shekel.