Scales of steelyard type

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 640.

Dimensions

Height x width: 1.3 × 2 cm (1/2 × 13/16 in.) Length: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.502

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Weights and measures

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund