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Balance Weight with Monogram

Date:
6th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy, silver inlay
Dimensions:
3/8 × 1 1/8 × 1 1/16 in., 1.9oz. (0.9 × 2.8 × 2.7 cm, 53g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, and Alastair B. Martin Gifts, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.213.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The Greek monogram at the center of this two-ounce weight reads "of Sergios," probably indicating the name of the local eparch.

In Byzantium, precise measurement of goods was achieved by a set of standard balance weights.
[ Robert Hecht, New York (sold 2002)]
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