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Balance Weight with Two Emperors Hunting a Snake

Date:
4th–5th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
1 3/8 × 1 5/16 × 3/8 in., 2.9oz. (3.5 × 3.3 × 1 cm, 82g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam N. Rosen, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.483.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Depictions of emperors were a popular motif on square weights of this era. The Greek letters identify this piece as a three-ounce weight.

In Byzantium, precise measurement of goods was achieved by a set of standard balance weights.
[ Ariadne Galleries, New York]; Miriam N. Rosen, New York (until 2002)
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