Three Round Copper-Alloy Balance Weights with Crosses
1/4 × 1 in., 1oz. (0.6 × 2.6 cm, 27g)
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
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.
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