Roman Bronze Key


Roman Bronze Key

An ancient Roman bronze key with a suspension ring on a long, flat, and lightly ornamented handle that is perpendicular to the bit, which has deep rectangular teeth.

Ca. 2nd - 4th century AD.
Length: 2 1/4 in. (5.9 cm).

Confer keys and lock mechanisms: Rieche & Schalles, Arbeit. Handwerk und Berfude in der romischen Stadt, (Cologne, 1994), pp. 46-47.

Formerly in a German private collection.

Inv#: 7650


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