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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.20 cm
Width
5.00 cm
Height
2.05 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
464.70 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
464.70 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Pentagram
Dolphin
Wear
Lightly worn
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Autoptic examination:
Lead weight; square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: strokes on the corners and on the upper and lower edges on the left; long cut on the lower side, little ones on the other sides; on the reverse: many rounded cuts in the center, big cut on the left edge and two big strokes with holes on the upper left and lower right; greyish and brownish bump on the upper left side. Straight corners, edges and sides; on the reverse, the edges are set at a slight slant. On the obverse, little frame and depiction of a dolphin towards the lower left in relief. The dolphin has a triangular dorsal and a little ventral fin; his tail is forked, his beak is thin and one eye is drawn on his head. Around the dolphin, letters in relief: MNA. Below the dolphin's tail, on the right, pentagram in relief. (Height without relief: 1.9 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Denomination
Fac simile

MNA

Edition
Μνᾶ
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Dekeleia
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 31, 1896
circumstances
Given from Christians Blinkenberg (danish archaeologist) in 1896 (in a batch of 4 objects), found in Dekeleia.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) Dec. 31, 1896 4746
Blinkenberg Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
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VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 51
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