Steelyard weight in the form of a bust of Herakles

Roman
Late Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 641; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

60.153

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Weights and measures

The steelyard weight (or balance) takes the form of a bust of Herakles, wearing a rolled fillet with three rosettes around the head. The pupils of the eyes are deeply incised. Even dark green patina, rubbed and chipped in places.

Provenance

1960, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to Cornelius C. Vermeule, III (b. 1925 - d. 2008), Boston, for $150; 1960, sold by Cornelius Vermeule to the MFA for $150. (Accession Date: March 10, 1960)

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund