Viking/Anglo-Scandinavian ‘Embedded Glass’ Weight 017344

Viking/Anglo-Scandinavian ‘Embedded Glass’ Weight 017344
Viking/Anglo-Scandinavian ‘Embedded Glass’ Weight
Lead and glass, 22.52 grams, 20.97 mm. Circa 9th-11th century AD. A discoid Anglo-Scandinavian lead weight into the upper surface of which has been impressed a triangular fragment of glass. The weight was probably produced in England, re-using a curated fragment of Roman or Anglo-Saxon glass of pale blue-green hue. The Viking weight system appears to have been based on the Byzantine model, and used Byzantine forms of weight in some places, but there were also local standards in, for example, Dublin which could vary by 10% or more from the wider system. The present piece is a variant of the 'embedded-metalwork' form of weight and is equivalent to one øre weight. Reference: Kruse, S. Trade and Exchange Across Frontiers in Graham-Campbell, J. & Williams, G. (eds.) Silver Economy in the Viking Age, Walnut Creek, 2007. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found North East england.


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