Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated at Aqaba, Jordan
Bronze, molded and punch-marked
Range: 3/16-1 x 1/2-1 in. (0.4-2.5 x 1.3-2.5 cm); wt: 2.0-1491g
Aqaba Archaeological Museum, Jordan (right to left: AM 649, 514, 648, 645, 528, 647, 527, 644)
Not on view
Early Islamic bronze weights represented a new weight system and showed their difference from Roman and Byzantine weights in their shape, punched decoration, and assayer marks. While small early Islamic weights continued the Byzantine disk shape, larger ones took the form of decorated barrels, truncated bicones, or polyhedrons.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.