Rare Bronze Weight with Incised Bust of Christ


Circa 4th-6th Century AD

Rare thick bronze heart-shaped weight, inlaid with silver sheet in the form of a bust of bearded Christ, a small cross lightly incised above. Extremely fine portrait. Weight is 49g.

Diameter: 1.3 x 1.0 in. (3.0 x 2.6 cm)

Condition: Intact and fine.

Reference: See Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and early Christian Art Thurs to Seventh Century, by Kurt Weitzmann, #324-326, for silver inlaid weights.

Provenance: Formerly in a private Israeli collection, Jerusalem, 1970.

Price: $3,300

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