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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greek, East Greek, Probably Hellenistic Period and later,

Findspot

Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

84.69a-b

Medium or Technique

Marble

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Weights & Measures