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The statera is a type of Roman scale, often called a Roman steelyard. The steelyard comprises a balance beam which is suspended from a pivot (or fulcrum) which is very close to one end of the beam. The two parts of the beam which flank the pivot are the arms. The arm from which the object to be weighed is hung is short and is located close to the pivot point. The other arm is longer, is graduated and incorporates a counterweight which can be moved along the arm until the two arms are balanced about the pivot, at which time the weight of the load is indicated by the position of the counterweight.
AI36107. Statera weight; 4 inches high; carved amphora-shaped weight with two side lug handles; long narrow ridges to pointed bottom, Choice, most unusual; SOLD
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