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Steelyard Rod with Weight and Hooks

Date:
5th–7th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 20 5/8 x 17 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (52.4 x 45.4 x 7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.355a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Steelyards, a Roman invention, were used to weigh goods by sliding weights along the rod to balance the load suspended from hooks on the chains. This rod is inscribed with scales for two sets of measures and the names of the owners.
[ Vafiadis Objets d'art, Athens (Sold 1959)]; Richard R. Wagner, Barnstable, MA (1959–by descent until 2004); [ Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd., New York (from at least 2007–sold 2008)]
Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. Venerable Traditions: Works of Art from the Ancient World. New York: Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd., 2007. no. 93.



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