Steelyard weight in the form of a bust of Herakles

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

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


The Ancient World


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.


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