Balance Set

Iranian, 18th century
Large Box: 32x19,5 cm
Small Box:11,5x7,2 cm

The box of the balance set has lacquered decoration. Around the border are the symbols of the zodiac and their Persian names, along with floral motifs.

Inside the box is a moneychanger’s balance set as well as a varying collection of tools to measures length and weight. The set includes two scales, two tongs and eleven weights. In the drawers at the side of the box one can find the rest of this set: the Ottoman length measure arşın in one, and another smaller moneychanger’s scale set (seen in the image) in the other.

The weights included in the set also feature floral decoration. At the bottom of these weights are circles, the number of which indicate the value of a weight.