Infant Bacchus steelyard weight

Roman 2nd century AD

Infant Bacchus steelyard weight


7 cm (20 cm with porphyry base)


Provenance:
Fernand Lafarge Collection, Paris, until 2019

A delightful imperial sculpture but with a utilitarian function. Cast in bronze with beautiful detail and finished with silvered eyes, this object was employed as a steelyard weight used to measure units. It is filled with lead, and although small weighs 50 Roman pounds, about 16kg.