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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Denomination
100 Libras
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Astragalus
Length
29.80 cm
Width
17.80 cm
Height
15.00 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
17250.00 - - Bertolone 1936 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Astragalus
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Denomination
Fac simile

C

Edition
C
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Italy: Lombardia: Varese
Findspot (site)
Biandronno
context
Excavated by Benesperando Quaglia along the road between Biandronno and Travedona, in the locality “Chiese pagane”. Donated to Bertolone (and the Museum) in 1873.
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
circumstances
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
ROMAN
Time frame
FROM 0 TO 200
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Archaeological Civic Museum – Villa Mirabello (Varese) Dec. 31, 1873 CIV 176b
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Bertolone 1936 111–129 None None None
Lazzarini 1953–54 161 None None None
VARIA
Additional comment
Bertolone 1936: Siccome il bronzo pesava molto, i contadini credettero che contenesse il tesoro, ed allora il dr. Quaglia vi fece praticare un foro rettangolare e vi trovò semplicemente del piombo.
Bertolone 1936: metal analysis -- tin: 9.86%; copper: 84.96%; lead: 4.93%.
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