18 October 2005
AN ATHENIAN MARBLE 'BREAST WEIGHT'
CIRCA 1000-500 B.C.
Of rectangular form with two rounded 'breasts' on top, 2730g., 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) long; a Roman black serpentine truncated ball-form weight; another similar; and three bronze weights, Roman to Byzantine period (6)
Item one: formerly in the collection of Dr ir. G. M. M. Houben, author of European Coin-Weights for English Coins, The Weighing of Money and 2000 Years of Nested Cup-Weights.
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