Overall: 1 5/16 x 9 1/8 x 3 9/16 in. (3.3 x 23.2 x 9.1 cm)
Scale set up on mount c-e: 6 7/8 x 8 7/16 x 2 in. (17.4 x 21.4 x 5.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Scales such as these were used throughout the Byzantine world to measure money and other lightweight objects. According to Byzantine law, the suspension cord of the scales was to be held by two fingers of one hand, with the other fingers straight to ensure that no undue pressure was placed on the scales. The wooden storage container protected the delicate balance of the mechanism.