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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Scho(...), magistrate (Gaza)
Mint
Gaza
Denomination
1/8 Libra
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
4.30 cm
Width
5.60 cm
Height
0.30 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
44.14 - - 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 semicircular handle on its lower side and traces of another extension (or loop) on its upper side. The reverse side is blank.
Auction Archaeological Center 2007: Palestine, Gaza. A Roman Period almost square lead weight with raised border and a handle. 44.14 gr., 4.3×4.8 cm., (5.6 cm. with the handle), 0.3 cm. thick. The Greek inscription reads: ΟΓΔΟ/ΟΝ “An eighth” which indicates the weight. At the lower middle field there are three upside-down Greek letters: CXO, which seem to be an abbreviation of an official’s name. The Phoenician letter mem is inserted at the beginning of the second line. The reverse is blank. The weight is in very good condition and rare. (A. Spaer coll. no. W-81). Published by Alla Kushnir-Stein, 2002a, no. 3.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Stamped / Countermarked Authority
Phoenician Relief Mint
Greek Relief Denomination
Fac simile

󰂡󰀠󰀨󰂡
{Phoenician letter mem}󰂡󰂐

Countermark: 󰃂󰃠󰂡

Edition
Ὄγδο|ον. | {Phoenician letter mem}
Countermark: ΣΧΟ(–––)
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-81
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Kushnir-Stein 2002b 39 3 fig. 3 None
Auction Archaeological Center 2007b 10, 13 397 fig. 397 None
VARIA
Additional comment
Kushnir-Stein 2002: 4.3 cm wide, 4.8 cm length without handle or 5.6 with handle, 0.3 cm thick, 44.14 gm.
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