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Scales of steelyard type

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Only the central section of the balance survives, without the rod, the scales or the chains and pans. On the flat semicircular area, a stylized lotus bud with flowering petals. The small size suggests they were jeweler's or apothecary's scales. Rich green, dark brown patina.


By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens, stated to be from Messenia); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 640.


Length: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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