Three Round Copper-Alloy Balance Weight with Cross
- 8th–9th century
- Copper alloy
- 1/2 × 1 15/16 in., 5.5oz. (1.2 × 4.9 cm, 157g)
- Metalwork-Copper alloy
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
- Accession Number:
These objects are decorated with a cross and their respective weights in Greek initials-six ounces, two ounces, and one ounce-within a herringbone wreath. Most round weights were turned on a lathe, but the smallest of these three appears to have been cast in a mold instead.
In Byzantium, precise measurement of goods was achieved by a set of standard balance weights.