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Diorite (?) mina weight in the shape of a sugar loaf; engraved with cuneiform inscription stating that it was a copy of a weight that Nebuchadnezzar II had made after the standard of Shulgi; property of Marduk-shar-ilani; lightly polished surfaces.
Height: 8.70 centimetres (base)
Weight: 978.30 grammes
Width: 6.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A.E. Berriman, 'A New Approach to the Study of Ancient Metrology', RA 49 (1955) 193-201 [cf. also 52 (1958) 203-207].
Hypothesis that recent wt standards are virtually undistorted survivals from standards current in remote antiquity. Thus: 1 mina = 2 French livres = 3 Roman libral = 4 French marks
1 mina = 32 French ounces = 36 Roman unciae
Metric mass of 2 French livres = 979gm, which cf. BM.91005 = 978.3g
Second article argues that Sumerian mina standard present (as a multiple) in Chinese metrology during the Formen Han Dynasty (206 BC- AD 23).
Other weights: BM.91220, 91221, 91433, 91434 & 104724.
Object was sent to Cast workshop for moulding between 22-27 April 1953 (WAA Transfers Book).
- On display (G55/dc7)
- Exhibition history
2013 - 2014 22 June - 6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'
2013: 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2012: 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
2008-2009 13 Nov-15 Mar, BM, G35, 'Babylon: Myth and Reality'
2004-2005 15 Oct-16 Jan, London, Leighton House Museum and Linley Sambourne House, 'The Price of Beauty: Edward Long's 'Babylonian Marriage Market'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Trustees minutes 10th December 1892.
- Middle East
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- Additional IDs
Other BM number: 12139 (previous big number)