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<p>Counterweight with featuring a female deity, 2nd century AD, lead core coated with bronze, 37&nbsp;&times; 20 &times; 14 cm, 38 kg</p>

Counterweight with featuring a female deity, 2nd century AD, lead core coated with bronze, 37 × 20 × 14 cm, 38 kg

This Roman counterweight was discovered in the port area of Tarraco, it would have served to control goods arriving at or departing from the city. 
Weighing an exceptional 38 kg, this counterweight is that largest that has so far been discovered in the Roman world. It would have belonged to a huge set of scales, capable of weighing loads of up to 1,500 kg or more. 
The god represented may be Aequitas (Equity), the spirit of fair trade and honest merchants.

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