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Measurement block (mensa ponderaria)

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A block containing five bowl-shaped cavities; may once have been set up in the public square as a standard for measures. Each bowl has a raised rim, and there are traces of inscriptions, naming the measures, all but one so engraved as to be read from one side. Put together from two pieces. ...

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From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); below the Agora. 1881-2: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

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Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greek, East Greek, Probably Hellenistic Period and later,


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)


110.3 x 45.8 x 21.6 cm (43 7/16 x 18 1/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Weights & Measures