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Steelyard Weight with the Bust of Athena

Date:
5th–7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
2 3/16 × 7/8 × 13/16 in., 1.6oz. (5.5 × 2.2 × 2 cm, 45g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Bequest of Adra M. Newell, 1966
Accession Number:
67.154.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, could often be seen on steelyard weights even after Christianity was made the official religion of the Empire. The use of weights of various sizes provided greater accuracy.
Adra M. Newell, New York (until 1967)
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