Egypt; Ptolemaic or Coptic Period, c. 3rd century BC- 4th century AD
A massive discoid weight, probably basalt, with two carved letters, inlaid with silver (?), either Greek (itoa/epsilon) or Coptic Latin (I/E).
2 1/2" (6.3 cm)
Provenance: The John J. Slocum Collection
Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.