Weight

Neo Assyrian

800BC-700BC

Found Nimrud, Iraq

  • Height: 3.5 centimetres
  • Width: 3 centimetres
  • Thickness: 3 centimetres
  • Weight: 174.9 grammes

Cubic copper alloy measuring-weight: made of cast copper inlaid with gold wire. The scarab is a motif of Egyptian origin.It has been suggested that the winged scarab was the official royal symbol of the kings of Judah, though it may also have been used by other states in Palestine or Phoenicia. It seems probable, then, that this weight came to Assyria as part of a consignment of tribute or booty, and was simply left in store about 710 BC when the North-West Palace ceased to be a royal residence. It was found in a storeroom which included many items which could well have belonged to some such consignment or consignments from the west, since the Assyrians did not necessarily have any use for all the things they collected; the storerooms full of ivory furniture at Fort Shalmaneser are a notable example.

Source: British Museum

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