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Copper-Alloy Balance Weight with Cross in a Circular Border

Date:
5th–6th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
3/8 × 1 × 1 in., 1.8oz. (1 × 2.5 × 2.5 cm, 51g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.213.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Crosses became a popular decoration on Byzantine weights.

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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