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Roman Scale, Bilancia romana
Until the middle or end of the 1980s they used a balance of the kind the ancient Romans used to use to weigh everything at the market in Gambatesa, vegetables, coffee, wheat, chickens. The type of balance they used is held up with one hand; it has a dish on one end and an arm with a sliding weight on the other; goods are put in the dish and then the weight is moved until it counterbalances. But the balance in the photograph below is over a meter from hook to dish. It belonged to a man in Geneva.
This balance came from Valle d'Aosta, from an old mountain chalet there. It is the normal, most common size balance, about 1 meter long and it is held up by the person doing the weighing. Some balances are smaller (like a child's toy), but some are too big to be held up by the person doing the weighing.
Photograph by Angelo Abiuso (Geneva), Summer 2008
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