Exhibitions/ Art Object

Steelyard

Date:
9th-10th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
L: 28 15/16 in. (73.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (13275)
Not on view
Steelyards were a Roman invention used for measuring. This one, with two scales—one in Greek, the other in Arabic—shows their continued use into the Byzantine and early Islamic eras. The decoration of scrolling vines and foliage rather than animals reflects the influence of Islamic taste.
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