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Roman Bronze Balance Scale

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1234001

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Roman Bronze Balance Scale, ca. 2nd - 3rd Century CE. Found in the Holy Land, beautiful patina due to age and works with precision. Intact and in excellent condition. Scale is 9" high and placed on custom lucite stand. The oldest evidence for the existence of weighing scales dates to c. 2400-1800 B.C.E. in the Indus River valley (modern-day Pakistan). Before then no banking was performed due to lack of scales. Uniform, polished stone cubes discovered in early settlements were probably used as weight-setting stones in balance scales. ariations on the balance scale, including devices like the cheap and inaccurate bismar began to see common usage by c. 400 B.C.E. by many small merchants and their customers. A plethora of scale varieties each boasting advantages and improvements over one another appear throughout recorded history, with such great inventors as Leonardo da Vinci lending a personal hand in their development.