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.
Early Byzantine Scale Weight
An Early Byzantine bronze scale weight featuring early Christian symbols, such as fish, and the Greek letter ‘Gamma’, inscribed to give information of weight.
Condition: Fine, with beautiful green patina on the surface.