Exhibitions/ Art Object

Counterweight with Vegetal Decoration

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H: 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (13266a)
Not on view
This counterweight from the Islamic era was placed on a steelyard such as the one in this case to balance the goods being weighed. The scrolling design is related to foliage patterns from the Byzantine tradition.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.