Steelyard weight in the form of Nike
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 643; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze (copper alloys and lead)
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery (Gallery 212C)
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.
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
Classical Department Purchase Fund