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Steelyard weight in the form of a bust of Herakles

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.


By 1960: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York 21; 1960: purchased for $ 150.00 by Cornelius C. Vermeule III from J. J. Klejman on behalf of MFA; March 10, 1960: purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III for $ 150.00

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund

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).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Weights & Measures