Bronze Weight

Eastern Mediterranean/Aegean
AD 4th-5tth centuries
32 x 31 x 7 mm; 52.05 g

Bronze weights that had been used as a unit of weight and currency played an important role as one of the finest control mechanisms of the government. They meant to communicate accurately in the tax governance procedures.

Square shaped bronze weights were quite common from the beginning of the 4th century BC until the second half of the 6th century BC. This particular example from Suna & İnan Kıraç Foundation Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection has two seated imperial figures, facing and crowned. Each of the figures holds spear and globe. The faces, hands and legs, four points on the wreath are inlaid with silver, some of which is missing and their arms, collars and legs are inlaid with copper. Among the heads is a small half-figure with wings. In the upper corners, two half-figures which may be Angels (or Victory) can be found.