Scales with weights, Iran, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Iran
maker:
Unknown

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Rectangular, painted wooden chest containing 3 balances, stand, weights and accessories, Persian, 1801-1900

This elaborately decorated box contains three separate sets of scales, with a stand. It also contains weights and tweezers of varying sizes which slot into custom-made compartments. These may have been used within the medicine and jewellery trades. Both trades required the precise measurements of goods. The scales suspend two disk-shaped pans off either end of a horizontal pole. The weights in either pan must be equal for the pole to remain horizontal.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A128420
Materials:
cloth, wood
type:
scales - weighing device
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
credit:
Putrus
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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