Steelyard weight in the form of Nike

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 150–275


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 643; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.653

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Weights and measures

The weight is in the form of a bust of Nike, the hair being knotted on top of the head with a hole for suspension. She is shown with a chiton pinned on the left shoulder and draped loosely across her chest; her wings are represented in almost rudimentary fashion, without the feathers being indicated. The pupils of the eyes are drilled, and the back of the bronze is filled with lead. Dark green to black patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Veel, on the left bank in Paris; July 1959: purchased from Veel by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule, October 8, 1959, for
$ 90.00

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund