Balance Weight with Two Emperors Hunting a Snake
- 4th–5th century
- Copper alloy
- 1 3/8 × 1 5/16 × 3/8 in., 2.9oz. (3.5 × 3.3 × 1 cm, 82g)
- Metalwork-Copper alloy
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Miriam N. Rosen, 2002
- Accession Number:
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.