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Roman Antiquities

Antiquities authenticated and attributed by Alex G. Malloy.


Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-Thread Flask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.

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Snake-thread ornamentation originated in the eastern provinces of the Roman empire in the second half of the second century and its popularity peaked in the first half of the third century. Snake-thread decoration was revived in the second half of the fourth century in the east and in the west near Cologne in modern Germany. Serpentine form trails may vary in thickness, may be the same color as the vessel (usually colorless) or brightly colored (common in the West). Ontario Museum 309, with similar subtle snake-thread ornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
AG63814. Snake thread flask, cf. Ontario Museum 309 (for similar ornamentation), 12.4 mm (4 7/8"), Complete and intact, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-thread ornamentation on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $1350.00 (€1201.50)
 


Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.

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The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.
AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina, bronze vessel handle ornamented with a facing young head of Bacchus wearing an ivy wreath in his long flowing hair, panther skin tied at neck, the curving handle ends with a panther head; $750.00 (€667.50)
 


Roman, Bronze Repousse Plaque with Centaur Holding a Bow, Lorica Sqaumata Armor Plate(?), c. 1st - 3rd Century B.C.

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Likely used in some legionary application; perhaps as a lorica squamata legionary armor plate segment.
AA59779. Roman, bronze repousse, 1.75 x 1.75 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a centaur holding a bow, remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body, rare and interesting; from a New Jersey collection; $720.00 (€640.80)
 


Roman Greece, Barbotine Ware Amphora, 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Barbotine is French for a ceramic slip, a mixture of clay and water used for decorating pottery. In English the term is used for two different techniques but here we are only concerned with the technique used in the ancient world. Barbotine is piped onto the object much like cakes are decorated with icing, using a quill, horn, or another kind of nozzle. The slip is often a color contrasting with rest of the vessel and forms a design, a pattern, or inscription, that is raised above the main surface. The Egyptians used barbotine decorative designs. Specimens have also been found at Minoan Knossos on the island of Crete.

This example was found near Corinth. The style is certainly related to the Egyptian Barbotine ware but it may have been made in mainland Greece.

AE36060. Barbotine ware amphora, Athenian Agora -, ROM -; 5 ½ inches high, Collectible condition, buff clay, ovoid body, wide tubular neck, strap handles, horizontal bands on neck, Barbatine rows of leaf shaped decorations on body; reconstructed, one section of rim, a small shoulder and part of one handle restored; rare; $700.00 (€623.00)
 


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Fusiform Unguentarium with Iridescence, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.

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Hayes' Ontario Museum catalog references many similar specimens, noting some are from Beirut. Our example is finer than most examples of similar form, many of which appear to be carelessly made. Hayes' dates the type 5th century or later. Perhaps the finer form indicates ours is earlier.
AG63806. Fusiform unguentarium, cf. Ontario Museum 461, complete, intact, much iridescence; 16.5 cm, spindle-shaped long tubular body, upper half is a neck narrowing slightly to folded and flattened rim, small shoulder at center, lower half is a narrow tubular body narrowing to a rounded point; from a Florida dealer; $650.00 (€578.50)
 


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Sprinkler Jug, c. 3rd A.D.

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This form is missing from the major references but we know of other examples from the market.
AG63811. Sprinkler jug, 10.5 mm (4 1/8"), complete, tiny chip in handle (visible in photo), possibly a small rim repair or just flaked weathering, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, free-blow, yellow-green glass, pyriform body, tubular neck, slight funnel mouth, washer-like constriction at the base of neck, handle attached below rim and below neck, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a Florida dealer; $650.00 (€578.50)
 


Roman, Small Sandstone Tetrarch Emperor Head, c. 285 - 337 A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AE36072. Grey sandstone head of Roman Emperor during the Tetrarchy; cf. Two Emperors of the Tetarchy, in the Vatican Library, 9 cm high and 7 cm, Diocletian or Maximianus, short forehead, short hair, expressive large eyes and high relief with double eyelids, portrait style exemplifies the militaristic period; worn but worthy of any fine collection; rare; $640.00 (€569.60)
 


Roman, Bronze Patera Handle, c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

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A patera was a plate used by Roman priests to make sacrificial offerings to the Gods. Paterae were thin and most often have been lost to corrosion leaving only the handle remaining.
AL59776. Roman, bronze patera handle, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D., 5.6", heavy fluted handle terminating in a collar from which a ram's head with curled horns emerges; from a New Jersey collection; rare; $610.00 (€542.90)
 


Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Bottle, c. 3rd Century A.D.

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AG63812. Glass bottle, cf. Ontario Museum 150; 8.3 cm (3 1/4") tall, complete, crack down from rim, toes chipped (will not stand), free-blown, pale green glass, fire rounded rim with projecting roll below, long neck narrowing slightly to bulbous body, base ring of pinched toes, stand not included; from a Florida dealer; $400.00 (€356.00)
 


Roman, Round Silver Appliqué, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
AI36082. Round silver appliqué; 5 cm diameter; flower of semi-circles swirled around a center dot in the center, Choice, framed by an inner dot circle and linear circle inner border, a wreath of two tendrils of leaves and berries around, and another dot circle and linear circle border outside the wreath; black toning; very rare; $390.00 (€347.10)
 


Roman, Round Silver Appliqué, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.

A cabochon or cabachon, from the Middle French caboche (head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex top with a flat bottom (dome shape).
AI36083. Silver appliqué; 8.8 cm diameter, flat round center surrounded by a circle of two light blue glass, a clear crystal and four carnelian cabochons, Collectible condition; one clear stone missing, dark toning; probably part of a box lid, one stone missing, dark toning; probably the outer shell of a box lid; very rare; $390.00 (€347.10)
 


Egyptian, Faience Amphoriskos, Ptolemaic to Early Roman, 3rd Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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AB31020. Faience amphoriskos; height 10.8 cm (3 3/4"), white with traces of green glaze, ornamented with inscribed bands and crescents, two small loop handles, Choice, complete and intact, $360.00 (€320.40)
 


Egypt, Black Slate Dish, Hellenic - Roman Period, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

This type of dish may have been used as a cosmetic pallet.
AE48734. Black slate dish; cf. Petrie, Stone & Metal Vases 972; four square protruding handles, 3 ½ inches diameter, Choice, ex Malloy, Egyptian Art & Artifacts, Summer 1980, 118; some chipping to edge, otherwise intact; $360.00 (€320.40)
 


Roman, Silver Jewelry Appliqué, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
AI36081. Silver plaque appliqué; 4 x 5 cm, Collectible condition, clear crystal or glass cabochon in the center surrounded by a circle of pierced dots, floret pattern of eight pierced dots to the left and right, ornate rim with a zigzag line with pierced dots in the angles; toned; very rare; $340.00 (€302.60)
 


Roman Palaestina, Large Pottery Beaker, Late Roman Period, 4th - 7th Century A.D.

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Time of Christian Acceptance and First Ecumenical (Nicene) Council.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AH48175. Large pottery beaker; Tushingham 38:27-28; buff, wheel made, ribbed conical body, wide mouth, narrowing to flat base, 5 ½ inches high, Choice, hole in bottom, $290.00 (€258.10)
 


Roman, Bronze Handle, 4th - 5th Century A.D.

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The style exhibits central European influence, perhaps Gaul, Goth or Germanic.
AA59778. Roman bronze handle, 1.7 inches; terminus in the form of a bird with detail on both sides, nice; from an New Jersey collection, $215.00 (€191.35)
 


Roman, Large Iron Borer or File, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

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Another piece from the same group as this borer was dated by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to 120 A.D. with a probable range of 80 A.D. - 160 A.D. Testing was done using an innovative technique which measures the carbon isotope ratio of the trace carbon in the iron. This carbon comes from the wood used in the production of the iron which must be of essentially the same age as the tool itself. Results were published in the journal, Radiocarbon, Summer 2001.
AE61804. Roman borer, cf. Petrie, 'Tools and Weapons', pl. LXV, 40; 7 inches, indent at one end for attaching handle, $215.00 (€191.35)
 


Roman, Bronze Bird Fibula, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.

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AS61829. Roman fibula; cf. Hattatt BOA 1156 - 1159; 1.25 inches, pin missing; from a New Jersey collection, c. 3rd - 5th century A.D.; $215.00 (€191.35)
 


Roman, Palestine, Small Terracotta Bottle, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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Made in the Holy Land during the time of the Christian Early Church Fathers. Found in Israel.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AI36076. Holy Land Bottle; 10.5 cm tall, Choice, red-buff terracotta with white slip, ovoid body, narrow tubular neck, ornamented with spiral ridges, pedestal base; chip in lip; $180.00 (€160.20)
 


Mediterranean Region, Lead Shell Weight, 1/9 Libra, c. 4th Century B.C. - 2nd Century A.D.

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Hendin lists several such shell-shaped weights. They are found throughout the Mediterranean Region.
AS77839. Lead weight, Hendin Weights 276; Manns-Kloetzli p. 22, 37; Alvarez-Burgos P29; scallop shell, 35.606g, 27.4mm long, VF, 4th century B.C. - 2nd century A.D.; $180.00 (€160.20)
 


Roman, Bronze Mirror Disc, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
AI36100. Bronze Göbl MIRror disc; 4 3/4 inches diameter; thick green patina, Choice, $150.00 (€133.50)
 


Central Italy, Lead Acorn Pendant Weight, c. 350 - 250 B.C.

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These acorn pendants, and very similar lead and bronze scallop shell pendants, were used as weights.
AS18463. Lead weight, Small acorn pendant weight, length 29.9 mm; weight 28.641 g, cracks in loop, $140.00 (€124.60)
 


Roman, Bronze Oinochoe (Jug) Handle, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
AI36094. Bronze handle; 8 ½ inches long; palmette and scroll pattern at base terminal, green patina, Choice, $135.00 (€120.15)
 


Roman, Bronze Lozenge Shaped Stepped Brooch, c. 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Appears to be from the same workshop as the referenced Hattatt brooch, which was found in Britain.
AS36059. Bronze stepped brooch, cf. Hattatt BoA, 1085; cf. Malloy Auction LXI, May, 9, 2001, 1241; 28 mm long; finely made, Choice, diamond shape, without lugs, enamel diamond in center, stepped levels with incised lines, hinged pin, rear hollowed hemispherically; complete with pin, two holes from corrosion; rare without lugs; $120.00 (€106.80)
 


Roman (Rhineland Workshop), 2 Clear Cut Glass Fragments, Late 3rd - Mid 4th Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Robert Haas collection.

Facet-cut decorative patterns were used primarily on colorless glass vessels. Ancient facet-cuts were usually concave circular, oval or elongated "rice" facets. Interlocking facets can create lozenge shapes or hexagons. The technique was probably invented in Italy in the last quarter of the first century A.D. The earliest facet-cut vessels have facets over the entire surface. Around 250 A.D. it became popular to facet-cut only areas of the vessel. Shallow wheel-abraded facets are were used on some forth century tableware. Around the mid-forth century in Scandinavia, Germany and Mesopotamia distinctive styles developed with thick-walled vessels with deep facets.
AA32382. 2 clear wheel-cut bowl fragments, cf. Harden 1987 106v, Constable-Maxwell 120., Choice, 6.3 cm (2 1/2") by 5.4 cm (1 1/8"), band of wheel-cut horizontal lines and two facet-cut rows of rice-shaped facets; second fragment with cross hatch pattern; $100.00 (€89.00)
 


Phoenician (Palistinian Workshop), 4 Stamped Glass Votive Fragments, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

These votive pieces were made to be ritually broken before offering in the altar of the god or distribution in fields for fertility or under building foundations for good fortune. They are almost always found broken.
AA32416. 4 glass votive stamped fragements, partial images of male god; $100.00 (€89.00)
 


Roman, Bronze Jug Handle, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
AI36096. Bronze jug handle; 4 ¾ inches long; rim section with ornate scrolls, top end turned up; bottom broken off, green patina, $100.00 (€89.00)
 


Roman (Rhineland Workshop), 3 Clear Cut Glass Fragments, 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Robert Haas collection.

Wheel-cut decorative patterns were used primarily on colorless glass vessels. The wheel cut lines vary in depth, width and length and may be rounded or v-shaped, and the most common form is a series of horizontal lines. The technique has been used since the Hellenistic period. Wheel-incised geometric patterns were especially popular in the fourth century.
AA32384. 3 clear faceted bowl shards, Choice, wheel cut lines, in rectangles with cross hatched sectioned, one 4.4 cm (1 3/4") and two 3.8 cm (1 1/2"); $90.00 (€80.10)
 


Roman, Bronze Finial, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AI36073. Bronze finial from a vessel, two opposing swan heads, 3 cm high, some green patina, Average, $80.00 (€71.20)
 


Roman-Byzantine, Bronze Disk Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.

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BZ90518. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127; perhaps made from a coin, VF, green patina, scratches, weight 4.169 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to be lathe cut); reverse blank, scratches from use; $80.00 (€71.20)
 


Roman Syro-Palestinian, Glass Stamped Medallion Pendant, c. Mid 4th - Mid 5th Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Many of these small glass medallions with stamped motifs and suspension loops, mass produced c. mid 4th to mid 5th century A.D., have been found, from Asia Minor, through the Levante, and as far west as Tunisia. Motifs are based on mythology, magic, and the Old and New Testaments. Colors include amber, blue, green and purple. They were used as pendants and earrings. The same stamps were also used on glass bracelets and on bottles.
AA32391. Glass pendant, cf. Corning III 871 (amber); 1.9 cm long, clear blue, facing head of Medusa with snake hair, beautiful iridescence, loop broken, $75.00 (€66.75)
 


Theodosius I, 19 January 379 - 17 January 395 A.D.,

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AS65213. Lead bulla (tag seal), Conical, uniface, with three draped facing busts; commonly attributed to Theodosius I and his sons Arcadius and Honorius, VF, weight 9.335 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, $70.00 (€62.30)
 


Late Roman-Byzantine, Square Bronze Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.

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Late Roman-Byzantine Nomisma weights listed in David Hendin's Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the numisma must have varied over time and place.
BZ90816. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 352 ff., weight 4.226 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, obverse engraved N and ornamental pellets in groups of three; reverse unmarked; $70.00 (€62.30)
 


Roman-Byzantine, Bronze Disk Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.

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BZ90524. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127; perhaps made from a coin, VF, green patina, weight 4.043 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to be lathe cut); reverse weight adjustment cuts; $60.00 (€53.40)
 


Late Roman-Byzantine, Square Bronze Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.

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Late Roman-Byzantine Nomisma weights listed in David Hendin's Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the numisma must have varied over time and place.
BZ90812. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 353, weight 3.978 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, obverse N engraved in dots, circle of dots within above; reverse unmarked; $50.00 (€44.50)
 


Roman-Byzantine or Early Islamic, Bronze Disk Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.

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This is light for a nomisma weight and we would suspect it is a game piece but Weber insists all these types of bronze with concentric rings are weights. He suggests some may be early Islamic.
BZ90517. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127, VF, green patina, weight 3.570 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to cast); reverse plain; $45.00 (€40.05)
 


Late Roman - Byzantine, One Nomisma Square Bronze Weight

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Late Roman-Byzantine Nomisma weights listed in David Hendin's Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the numisma must have varied over time and place.
BZ90521. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin 348; unmarked bronze square, 4.308g, 16.4mm, $45.00 (€40.05)
 


Late Roman-Byzantine, Square Bronze Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.

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Late Roman-Byzantine Nomisma weights listed in David Hendin's Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the numisma must have varied over time and place.
BZ90824. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 352 ff., weight 3.973 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, obverse engraved N; reverse unmarked; $40.00 (€35.60)
 


Late Roman-Byzantine Square Bronze 2 Scripula Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.

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We think we see an engraved B, but it could be just hopeful imagination.
BZ90534. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 367, 13.5 x 14.4 mm, 2.120g, obverse engraved B(?); reverse blank; $40.00 (€35.60)
 


Greek & Roman Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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BL43196. Greek & Roman Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a small booklet with over 40 black and white photographs and descriptions of superb pieces from the museum collection; perfect for throne room reading; $4.00 (€3.56)
 







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