- Museum number
Polished diorite pyramidal weight: weight of two karsha (Old Persian, Elamite) = 1/3 mana (Babylonian); trilingual inscription with five, seven and eight lines respectively stating that "I [am] Darius, the great king, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian"
- Production date
- 6thC BC-5thC BC
Height: 4.90 centimetres
Weight: 166.29 grammes
Thickness: 4.50 centimetres
Width: 4.20 centimetres (max, near base)
- Curator's comments
- Material wrongly labelled as "basalt" in the 1975 Iran Gallery display.
Previously moulded as a commercially available cast (when listed in the BM Facsimile Service, Catalogue of Replicas). The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "Assyrian Inscriptions".
- On display (G52/dc3)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/6/2, from official opening
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec BM, G49/IRAN/6, no. 14
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], case ?, no. 1
1971, BM, 'Royal Persia: a commemoration of Cyrus the Great and his successors on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire'.
Persian Room, wall-case [WC] 15, top shelf.
Babylonian & Assyrian Room, Table-Case G (1900 Guide)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by the British Museum as a result of Budge's second mission to Egypt and Mesopotamia in 1887-1888; the mission was intended to investigate the "leakage" of tablets from sites supposedly guarded on behalf of the British Museum. Further notes on acquisition and bibliographic references relating to acquisition in catalogue introduction pp.xv-xvii.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number