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Steelyard Weight with the Bust of a Woman

4th century
Copper alloy
5 1/16 × 3 1/16 × 1 15/16 in., 2 lb. (12.8 × 7.8 × 5 cm, 891g)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The Egyptian goddess Isis, who became a popular divinity throughout
the Roman Empire, may be represented on this weight.
[ John J. Klejman (American), New York (sold 1962)]
Romans & Barbarians. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1976. no. 129, p. 118.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 169, pp. 190-191.

Franken, Norbert. "Aequipondia: Figürliche Laufgewichte römischer und frühbyzantinischer Schnellwaagen." PhD diss., Verlag und Datenbank für Geisteswissenschaften, 1994. no. CE2, p. 195, pl. 121.

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