Sets of standard balance weights were used to weigh goods in the Byzantine world precisely. Weights produced during the Byzantine Era were made of gold, silver, bronze, lead, glass, and stone. Throughout the Middle Ages, bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) was rarely used, as the Byzantine Empire had lost most of its tin-producing provinces in the west during the fourth century AD.
Byzantine Barrel-Shaped Bronze Weight
A barrel-shaped Byzantine bronze weight, the white inlay of which is still visible in the details. The letters ‘NΓ’ inscribed on the top refer to Nu and Gamma, which bear the value of 53 in Ancient Greek. Two parallel equatorial lines encircle the body.
Condition: Fine condition