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.
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