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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.60 cm
Width
6.10 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
-
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Xoanon Relief
Hermes Relief
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
Yes
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Artemis Gallery: Greece, probably Hellenistic Period, ca. late 4th to 1st century BCE. A rare, heavy leaded bronze weight, roughly square, undecorated on one side and with a relief herm-like figure on its front. The figure has a column-like body, simple head and arms, and clear phallus. Etched into one side next to the figure are the letters "MNA", an abbreviation for a MINA, a unit weighing approximately 430 to 450 grams. A small, round hole is drilled through one upper corner, as if the weight was kept hanging on a hook or suspended on a string. Size: 2.2" W x 2.4" H (5.6 cm x 6.1 cm). Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection. #142015. Condition: Surface wear commensurate with age including some scratching. Grey-teal patina with light deposits, especially on the back.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Incised Denomination
Fac simile

ΜΝΑ

Edition
Μνᾶ.
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
March 7, 2009
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -400 TO -100
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade March 7, 2019 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Artemis 2019 None 34 None None