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Balance Weight with a Cross and an Architectural Setting

Date:
5th–7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy, silver inlay
Dimensions:
7/8 × 7/8 × 1/4 in., 0.9oz. (2.3 × 2.3 × 0.6 cm, 26g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. R. M. Riefstahl, 1927
Accession Number:
27.83
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Here a cross stands before the outline of a sanctuary.

In Byzantium, precise measurement of goods was achieved by a set of standard balance weights.
D. M. Riefstahl, New York (until 1927)
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