Steelyard Weight with Bust of Official

Eastern Mediterranean
Byzantine
early 6th century (?)


Object Place: Middle East, Byzantine

Dimensions

9.3 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm (3 11/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

61.106

Medium or Technique

Leaded latten (76.1% copper, 16.2% zinc, 5.6% lead, 2.1% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Frontal male bust with suspension ring oriented from front to back on head. Hollow cast in one piece, chased, and punched. The figure wears a chlamys held together with a circular brooch and decorated with a series of punched circles. Delineated by parallel incised lines, the hair forms a cap, longer in back and covering the ears. Facial features are stylized with a small pursed mouth and large eyes with incised pupils.

Provenance

By 1961, with Glueckselig and Son, New York; 1961, sold by Glueckselig and Son to the MFA for $350. (Accession date: January 11, 1961)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund