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Lot 0143
**Originally Listed At $600**

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A steelyard (statera) balance consisting of a rectangular beam with disc-shaped terminals, two hanging chains ending in a large hooks, and three hooks, each suspended from a loop on the beam. The face of the beam is sectioned using incised Roman numerals to mark the weight. Comes displayed on a custom stand in the position it would have been used. Steelyard balances were used to weight loads by moving a counterweight along the beam until it balanced and then reading the incised numeral. Vitruvius describes them and their function in his De Architectura, Book X, 3-4. Size: 11.7" W x 13.5" H (29.7 cm x 34.3 cm); 14.75" H (37.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Really nice condition with smooth, dark green patina and well preserved chains and hooks. Light encrustations on surface.

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Roman Bronze Steelyard w/ Chains & Hooks

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800
$5500 bids
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