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Weight of Susa. H 5 x 8 cm.

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Reproduction made of reconstituted marble (marble powder + binder). Aging patina applied with natural earths.

Recreation of archaeological models from museums around the world. Decorative element of great beauty that evokes ancient cultures.

A reproduction of a weight from Susa (Iran) with a duck’s or snake’s head and an inscription in cuneiform script. Dated to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, Mesopotamia. Original in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Measurements: Height: 5 cm. Width: 8 cm.

The invention of writing in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC favoured the accounting of goods and trade. The development of trade in this region brought with it the need to adopt systems for converting weights and measures to facilitate transactions. One of the most commonly used measures was the mina, and there were different magnitudes of mines, which ranged from about 480 g to 1 kg to 2.8 kg. A mina was divided into smaller weights, including shekels, a system adopted by the Hebrews.

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