Scale Weight


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Artifact Identification Scale Weight   (1900.53.0122)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
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  3. Weights & Measures T&E
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Ancient
Culture Near Eastern

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 3.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Height) 2.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 8 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony, Metal--Gold
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Inlaying, Piercing
Munsell Color Information Dark Yellow (2.5Y 6/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Amulets Amulets had ritual or magical significance, though it is difficult to interpret what they were to bestow upon the wearer. Fertility? Good luck? Amulets and pendants were made from practically every type of stone available. They were worn on bracelets or necklaces, either individually or in combinations with beads. Most amulets and pendants have been found in burials.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Hendin, David. Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East. New York: Amphora, 2007. Schmandt-Besserat, Denise and S.M. Alexander, The First Civilization: The Legacy of Sumer, The University of Texas at Austin, 1975.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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