Mesopotamian Diorite Weight in Form of a Duck

Culture: Mesopotamia
Period: Mid 2nd millennium B.C.
Material: Diorite
Dimensions: 3.8 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 6202
Provenance: Private collection Ron Nasser, New York, acquired over 20 years ago.
Condition: Intact
Description: Finely worked diorite weight in form of a crouching duck, placing its head over the shoulder on the back. The neck is long and slender, the eyes indicated as inclined notches. Tail feathers are accentuated through the gentle broadening. The basis of the small sculpture is flat. The so-called “sleeping duck” is one of the most common weight forms of the Near East. The earliest examples originate from Sumerian archaeological sites dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C.