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Islamic cube weight

Started by goldenage, September 25, 2022, 04:39:38 PM

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goldenage

Hello everyone. I found this wonderful bronze cube. It is said to be an islamic weight. I found some similar examples in the internet. Is there someone who has special knowledge about these weights?

Weight: 14.67 grams
Side length: a: 11mm, b: 12mm

Thank you very much!

saro

10-13th c Islamic (Seljuk?) multi-sided bronze weights of 5, 10 and 20 dirhams were offered for sale, with the following weights :
5 dirhams : 14,73g
10dirhams : 22,24 & 22,26g
20 dirhams : 58,56g

yours could well fit with a 5 dirhams weight ?
"All I know is that I know nothing" (Socrates)

goldenage

Thank you Saro for the quick answer. I think you are right.
Meanwhile I could find these examples:

Inv. N° 24.43.06. Acquired in 2006. Find place: uncertain (Fig. 48)
Bronze, 14.47 g, 12 x 12 x 12 mm. Cubic in form. All faces have one large bird's eye motif except two sides. Its mass corresponds to a five-dirham weight (dirham of 2.89 g).

Inv. N° 14.148.04. Acquired in 2004. Find place: Osmaniye (Fig. 49)
Bronze, 14.42 g, 12 x 12 x 12 mm. Cubic in form. All faces have one bird's eye motif. Its mass corresponds to a five-dirham weight (dirham of 2.88 g).

Inv. N° 29.64.04. Acquired in 2004. Find place: Osmaniye (Fig. 50)
Bronze, 14.31 g, 12 x 12 x 12 mm. Cubic in form. Seven bird's eye motifs on the four faces and five bird's eye motifs on the two faces. Its mass corresponds to a five-dirham weight (dirham of 2.86 g).

Source: https://journals.openedition.org/anatoliaantiqua/383?lang=en#bibliography