Balance with its case
river Sanhobe, Primorsky Oblast, Ussuri Krai
late 19th - early 20th century
Museum of the Peoples of the USSR
Metal: copper; bone; leather; wood; threads (rope)
scales: 7.5; length 27.0; height 19.0; case: length 29.0; width 9.0; height 2.0
Consists of a round and flat copper cup suspended on four thin cords from a round bone stick, or beam. One end of the beam is pointed, and the other is flat. Three narrow leather strings are fixed on it. Divisions are shown on the beam by dots. The case consists of two wooden halves pinned together with a metal nail and plate. Inside the case are cavities for the balance and weights. The balance was intended for weighing opium. Due to the high price of the product, the balances were made with a high accuracy and protected against damage by keeping them in special cases.
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