gold dust boxes

Oval hammered bronze box used to store gold-dust, with incised geometric decoration.

Box used to store an individual’s supply of gold dust. It would have been kept alongside a set of items used in gold dust transactions, including scales, a brass scoop, a spoon, a stone for checking the purity of the gold, a chicken feather for collecting finer dust, and a selection of weights.

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