Steelyards were a Roman invention used for measuring. This one, with two scales—one in Greek, the other in Arabic—shows their continued use into the Byzantine and early Islamic eras. The decoration of scrolling vines and foliage rather than animals reflects the influence of Islamic taste.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.