Copper-Alloy Balance Weight with Figures in an Architectural Setting
3/8 × 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 in., 2.8oz. (1 × 3.1 × 3.1 cm, 80g)
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
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.
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