Steelyard weight in the form of Nike

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze (copper alloys and lead)

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World


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.


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