Lot 56: Roman Silver-Inlaid Temple Key
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd-4th century AD. A bronze key with iron shank and bit; the handle square in section with flange rims above and below, substantial integral loop; two lateral faces each with three ring-and-dot motifs, upper face with a temple(?) outlined in silver inlay with incised pediment and door, starbursts and ring-and-dot motifs above the triangular roof, row of ring-and-dot motifs below the silver-inlaid steps. Cf. Pall, M. Schlüssel und Schlösser, Graz, 2012, item 5658 for type. 213 grams, 11.5cm (4 1/2"). Property of a Surrey collector; acquired in the early 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition, shank restored.