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Three Round Copper-Alloy Balance Weight with Cross

Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
1/2 × 1 15/16 in., 5.5oz. (1.2 × 4.9 cm, 157g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.213.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.
[ Robert Hecht, New York (sold 2002)]
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