Scales of steelyard type
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 640.
Height x width: 1.3 × 2 cm (1/2 × 13/16 in.) Length: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Only the central section of the balance survives, without the rod, the scales or the chains and pans. On the flat semicircular area, a stylized lotus bud with flowering petals. The small size suggests they were jeweler’s or apothecary’s scales. Rich green, dark brown patina.
By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens, stated to be from Messenia); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund