Scales of Justice

Scales of Justice front
Scales of Justice back
Scales of Justice detail
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17366
Building: 
Current Location: 
Landing
Floor: 
3rd
Object Description
Artist: 
Object Type: 
Details: 
Metal metric equal arm balance scale
Framed: 
No
Length: 
41 1/2 inches
Width: 
20 inches
Height: 
50 inches
Description: 

This equal-arm balance scale is comprised of metal, most likely brass, and it weighs in accordance to the metric system. The most simplistic version of a balancing scale, the equal arm scale balance has been used throughout the earliest periods of history as an elementary lever. The oldest evidence for the presence of weighing scales is dated to circa 2400 to 1800 B.C. in the Indus River valley. This traditional scale consists of a fulcrum, or beam, a pointer, and two scale pans. The two scale plans, or plates, are suspended at equal distance from the fulcrum. The pointer shows the extent of the swing of the beam from one side to the other. The balance is on a central square base, and stylized bronze column. A fan shaped head decorates the top of the column, to which the pointer is positioned. On one side of the scale the following information is engraved "FUERZA 30", which is located on the fan shaped head, and"30 KILOS" is inscribed on either side of the fulcrum.

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