Steelyard balance with a black lacquered wooden scale beam marked in silver dots inlay, four cord loops attached to the beam, an iron hook is suspended from one of the cord loops. A detached stone weight in bulbous form with a pierced hole at top centre. Towards one end of the beam inscribed with two Chinese characters "tian zi" (son of heaven) with silver dots inlay.
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