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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Menexenos, agoranomos (Corinth)
Mint
Corinth
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
6.70 cm
Width
7.10 cm
Height
1.70 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
414.50 - - Kroll 2012 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Bull / Cow / Calf Relief FACING Head
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Kroll 2012: A second Greek weight that is ornamented with a bold frontal head of a bull is the elegant and beautifully preserved bronze mina belonging to the Warren Collection (inv. 1923.14) in the Bowdoin College Art Museum, Brunswick, Maine (fig. 3). Provenience unknown. Around the bull’s head along the four edges of the plinth face, in lightly serifed, Early Hellenistic lettering of the later 4th to the mid 3rd centuries 8, is inscribed δαμόσια ἀγορανομέοντ-ος Μενεξέ-νου, “Public (mina), Superintendent of the Market being Menexenos”. The weight (6.7 x 7.1 cm, 1.7 cm. thick, 1.0 thickness of the plinth alone) has a mass of 414.5 g. As indicated by its smooth gray-green patina, it has not been subject to heavy chemical cleaning.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Incised Authority, Mint
Fac simile
Edition
Δαμόσια ἀγορ–ανομέοντ–ος Μενεξέ–νου.
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
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CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
circumstances
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -350 TO -250
Comments on Chronology
Kroll 2012: Late 4th - earlier 3rd c. BC.
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Warren Collection None None
Bowdoin College Art Museum None 1923.14
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Guarducci 1967–1969 II, 478–479 None fig. 122, n°5 (non vidi)
Kroll 2012 113 None fig. 3 None
Tekin 2016a 48–49 None pl. 4, fig. 25 None
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