The Babylonians, like their Elamite neighbours, gave their weights the shape of a large stone duck. The Assyrians preferred to make bronze weights in the shape of a lion lying on a rectangular base and equipped with a handle allowing convenient handling.
This magnificent piece of animal sculpture symbolizes the spirit of a civilization inherited from an immense past, yet rich in originality. This casting was made during the Persepolis Holidays to be offered to certain personalities.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 10.5 cm.
Length: 19 cm.
Depth: 9 cm.
Weight: 1.2 kg.
Origin: Iran, Susa, Morgan J. excavations
Period: Anonymous, (Achaemenid period, 5th century BC)
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.