Byzantium, Theodosian period, 4th century / Balance Weight formed as the Bust of an Empress / c. 390-400Byzantium, Theodosian period, 4th century
Balance Weight formed as the Bust of an Empress
c. 390-400

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantium, Theodosian period, 4th century
Title: Balance Weight formed as the Bust of an Empress
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 390
Creation End Date: 400
Creation Date: c. 390-400
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: Overall: 10.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1967.28
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: (J. J. Klejman, New York).
Style or Period: Theodosian period
Context: Among the most striking Byzantine weights to have survived are the imperial weights issued in the late 4th and 5th centuries. Typically they depict the same royal figures seen on coins to promote the legitimacy and stability of the state and to guarantee their validity as "honest weights." Used on balance scales, the weights were sometimes filled with lead to make them heavier.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1967.28
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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