Bronze steelyard


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

According to one source, the steelyard was invented by Archimedes, the great Syracusan inventor, in the 3rd century B.C. No examples of that early a date are attested but, since they changed little in form and appearance and continued in use until medieval times, it is often difficult to give a precise date to a specific steelyard.

Bronze steelyard, Bronze, Roman

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