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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Steelyard weight; bronze, filled with lead; in the form of the bust of a bearded emperor (Phocas?) with long hair, wearing a diadem, and a chlamys fastened on the right shoulder by a circular fibula with three pendants; on the tunic covering the upper right arm is a circular ornament marked with a cross.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 602-610
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 191 millimetres
    • Width: 144.5 millimetres
    • Weight: 5.4 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    For detailed bibliography see: N. Franken, Aequipondia, Alfter, 1994, no CD 5; D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 110

  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 110 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 485 bibliographic details
    • Entwistle 2008 800 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1993 1 Apr-7 May, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, The Byzantium Bridge between East & West: Trade & Manufacture 300-1453 AD

  • Condition

    Ring at top of head is missing; back is imperfect.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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