LARGE ROMAN BRONZE TUMBLER KEY

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Measurements: 7.2 - length

Description: A substantial Roman bronze tumbler key. The key has got three rectangular teeth, a cylindrical shaft and a ring handle. First models of wooden keys and locks originated in Ancient Egypt, but with Romans key design saw significant innovations. Due to their expensive nature they were considered a symbol of wealth, influence and nobility.

Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Period: 3rd – 4th  century AD

Condition: Very fine, intact. Green patina covers the surface.

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