Exhibitions/ Art Object

Eight Bronze Weights

Date:
750-1050
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated at Aqaba, Jordan
Medium:
Bronze, molded and punch-marked
Dimensions:
Range: 3/16-1 x 1/2-1 in. (0.4-2.5 x 1.3-2.5 cm); wt: 2.0-1491g
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Aqaba Archaeological Museum, Jordan (right to left: AM 649, 514, 648, 645, 528, 647, 527, 644)
Not on view
Early Islamic bronze weights represented a new weight system and showed their difference from Roman and Byzantine weights in their shape, punched decoration, and assayer marks. While small early Islamic weights continued the Byzantine disk shape, larger ones took the form of decorated barrels, truncated bicones, or polyhedrons.
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