Hegira 4th–5th centuries / AD 10th–11th centuries, Fatimid
Glass, moulded and stamped; transparent orange in colour
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Museums
Glasgow, United Kingdom
About the Museum
This glass weight was made in AH 5th- / AD 11th-century Egypt. Merchants and shopkeepers used such weights to check the weight of gold or silver coins, making sure that they were of the right weight and nobody had tampered with their precious metal. They were marked with the same designs as on the coins.