Moche Net Balance Scale
Pre-Columbian balance scale from coastal Peru
This net balance scale originates from pre-Columbian Peru around 600–900 CE. It features two woven diamond-shaped nets made of wool, cotton and linen suspended to create a triangular form with a nested geometric diamond pattern of threads.
The balance scale is constructed from materials that suggest an origin of coastal Peru. Based on its estimated age, it was likely made and used by the early Chimú people, also known as the Moche civilization. The balance contains multi-ply yarn, which was uncommon in Moche culture, suggesting it was used to weigh materials of high value.