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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1995.845.22
Title
Weight
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Work Type
weight
Date
n.d.
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/304220
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Copper alloy
Technique
Cast, lost-wax process
Dimensions
1 x 1 cm, 0.3 cm (3/8 x 3/8 in., 1/8 in.)
2.27 g
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina consists of cupritic reddish brown, dark brown, and some lighter green in the recesses. The weight was probably cast by the lost-wax process. The metal surface is uneven as a result of mineralization and tan burial accretions, but it preserves original markings on one side, such as a row of small dots made with a pointed punch and a few straight lines.


Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of David and Genevieve Hendin
Accession Year
1995
Object Number
1995.845.22
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This roughly quadrilateral weight is small and flat. One surface bears what appears to be the denomination marker partially surrounded by a border of dots (1).

NOTES:

1. Compare another piece of similar weight (2.23 g) in the British Museum, London, inv. no. 1980,061.257.

Lisa M. Anderson

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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