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Flat Weight


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Small weights like this one were used with a scale for weighing light, valuable objects like coins and jewelry. To fight widespread corruption, bronze weights were controlled by the government, with the value engraved directly onto the square.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
5th-6th century (Late Antique)
Medium
bronze inlaid with silver
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.56
Measurements
H: 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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