6 July 2016
A BYZANTINE BRONZE STEELYARD BALANCE AND LEAD WEIGHT
CIRCA 5TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
The fulcrum square in section with pyramidal terminals, with incised calibrations on three faces and a Greek inscription reading 'EYCEBIOY' ((Property) of Eusebius) between two crosses, the fulcrum suspended from a hook with pyramidal terminal, an attachment plate at one end, the object to be weighed suspended by hooks attached to two lengths of chain, two further hooks suspended along the fulcrum; the weight spherical in form with incised horizontal lines, surmounted by a suspension loop, hanging from the fulcrum by an S-hook
Bar: 19 ½ in. (49.5 cm.) long
Acquired on the Zurich art market in 1997.
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Rui da Silva
Prähistorische Staatssamlung München, Rom und Byzanz, Archäologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, 1998-1999.
L. Wamser & G. Zahlhaas (eds), Rom und Byzanz, Archäologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, Munich, 1998, p. 169-170, no. 223.
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