Byzantine Pale Blue Glass Weight with Impression of the Eparch Leontios

GBP 350.00

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Object Description

A Byzantine pale blue glass weight in the shape of a disk with thick, rounded edges. The piece displays an impressed obverse, featuring the frontal bust of the eparch Leontios, holding the ‘mappa’ with his uplifted right hand. This is a typical attribute of the consular costume, consisting of a piece of cloth waved by the consul to start the games in the Hippodrome. The Greek inscription +ΛEON[TI]OY (Leontiou) frames the bust. Written in the genitive case Leonti-ou, the inscription translates as ‘[the coinage/weight] of Leontios’. The presence of an eparch’s name suggests that this piece had been officially issued. The reverse remains flat and unworked.

Date: Circa 6th -7th Century AD

Object Condition

Good condition with bright iridescence on the surface.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    W:2.6 x centimeters

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