Copper-Alloy Balance Weight with Figures in an Architectural Setting
- 5th–6th century
- Copper alloy
- 3/8 × 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 in., 2.8oz. (1 × 3.1 × 3.1 cm, 80g)
- Metalwork-Copper alloy
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
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Symbols and people are often depicted within an architectural setting on Byzantine weights. Under an arcaded ceiling on this three-ounce weight are two imperial bust portraits and a standing figure between them. This figure, partially worn away, is most likely an angel or a winged victory.
In Byzantium, precise measurement of goods was achieved by a set of standard balance weights.