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Rare 500 AD Bronze BYZANTINE Steelyard Weight Figural EMPRESS Sculpture

CAD 5,951.03 or Best Offer 14d, CAD 39.67 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: garygermer (1,166) 99.6%, Location: Portland, Oregon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 112215479497 Rare 500 AD Bronze BYZANTINE Steelyard Weight Figural EMPRESS SculptureShe has an oval face with pointed chin and heavily lidded eyes and wears a heavy cloak with notable folds and her right hands resting upon the edge of it. In her left hand she holds a scroll or folded mappa cloth. She has a heavy beaded necklace. Her hair is visible lying upon her forehead and it is pulled back into two large bundles on the sides and fixed on top. Above is a jeweled crown or diadem from which two large pendants are suspended in front of her ears. On the top of her head is a suspension loop from which she would be hung with a hook from the scale arm. She is hollow cast bronze and bears patina and lime scale deposits. Weights such as this were used throughout the Byzantine Empire. Early examples featured images of the female gods but with the rise of Christianity they fell out of favor and images of empresses were used instead. Scholars once considered these actual representations but the field is now disposed to think of them as more abstracted symbols indicating the standardization of weights and an imperial guarantee of the fairness of transactions. Although weights and measures were roughly standardized across the realm there was local variation and variation over time. This specimen weighs 944 grams or about 3 Byzantine Litra (pounds) and stands 6 ½ inches tall. From a noted Oregon estate collection. 10134-5313 *Welcome! and a big thank you for shopping with Gary Germer & Associates, we appreciate you stopping by. Gary is one of Portland, Oregon's most respected antique & personal property appraisers & estate brokers. ISA certified and in the business for nearly 30 years, Gary has worked hard to build a name that is synonymous with integrity, honesty & good humor. We strive to only improve this reputation. Please expect prompt, friendly service. Authenticity of all items is guaranteed. We guarantee our items to be packed with care and arrive as described or your money back. Please contact us immediately with any questions or concerns, we are happy to help. We typically expect payment within 24 hours of purchase, please contact us if you need a little more time, we are happy to accommodate within reason. International customers are welcome, just keep in mind the additional customs fees expected upon delivery, we are not responsible for your countries duties and taxes. In Portland, Oregon? Come visit us at our gallery, we'd love to meet you! <div style="text-align:center"><a style="text-decoration:none" href="http://mostpopular.sellathon.com/?id=AC1353169"><img src="http://www.sellathon.com/Resources/Images/countercredit.gif" border="0"></a></div> <div style="text-align:center"><img src="http://ti2.auctiva.com/sw/java.gif" border="0"><br><table align="center"><tr><td height="28px" valign="middle" align="center"><font face="arial" size="2"><b><a href="http://emporium.auctiva.com/garygermer" target="_blank">garygermer store</a></b></font></td><td><a style="text-decoration:none" href="http://emporium.auctiva.com/garygermer" target="_blank"><img src="http://ti2.auctiva.com/sw/thumbgallery.gif" border="0"></a></td></tr></table></div> Increase traffic to your listing with Auctiva's FREE Scrolling Gallery. Material: Bronze

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