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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Eire(...), magistrate (Gaza)
Mint
Gaza
Denomination
1/4 Libra
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
4.50 cm
Width
4.50 cm
Height
0.50 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
83.95 - - Kushnir-Stein 2002, Auction Archaeological Center 2007 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
Yes
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Kushnir-Stein 2002: Square lead weight, with a horizontally elongated loop on its lower side and a handle on its upper side. Both the loop and the handle are now bent towards the side bearing an inscription. On the reverse are traces of the Phoenician mem, written retrograde within a circle.
Auction Archaeological Center 2007: Palestine, Gaza. A Roman Period square lead weight with raised border and two handles (which are bent toward the obverse). 83.95 gr., 4.5×4.5 cm., 0.5 cm. thick. The Greek inscription reads: ΤΕΤΑΡ/ΤΟΝ “A fourth” which indicates the weight. In the lower middle field there is a rectangular upside-down countermark bearing four Greek letters: ΕΙΡΗ, which seem to be an abbreviation of an official’s name. On the reverse there is a Phoenician letter mem in mirror-shape, damaged bυ the counter mark and by corrosion. The weight is in very good condition and rare. (A. Spaer coll. no. W- 52). Published by Alla Kushnir-Stein, 2002a, no. 2.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Stamped / Countermarked Authority
Phoenician Relief Mint
Greek Relief Denomination
Fac simile

󰃌󰀱󰃌󰀁󰂷
󰃌󰂡󰂐

{Phoenician letter mem}

Countermark: 󰀱󰁰󰂷󰁖

Edition
Τέταρ|τον. || {Phoenician letter mem}
Countermark: ΕΙΡΗ(–––)
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
April 4, 2007
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK , ROMAN
Time frame
FROM 1 TO 250
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade April 4, 2007 None
Spaer Collection None W-52
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Kushnir-Stein 2002b 38–39 2 fig. 2 None
Auction Archaeological Center 2007b 10, 13 395 fig. 395 None
VARIA
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