Rare Roman Bronze Rams Head Key CIRCA: 1st - 3rd Century AD.
59 mm long.
From an ancient settlement of the Roman Empire we present an extremely rare ancient Roman lever lock Key handle. The shank is tubular with fluted designs along its length. The handle terminal is ornamented with a highly detailed engraving of a rams head. Two nicely ribbed collars rests behind the head. The opposite end has a slotted shaft with part of the original iron key bit now lost in time as is common for ancient iron. Gorgeous Patina!
Similar handles are found on ceremonial temple patera's (shallow sacrificial pan), and this may have once belonged and opened a casket in one of those temples.