Rare Heart-Shaped Weight with Inlaid Silver 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.