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Roman Bronze Key found in the Holy Land

Roman Bronze Key found in the Holy Land

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1199248

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Roman Bronze Key, circa 2nd - 3rd Century C.E. found in the Holy land. 1/2" high x 1" diameter. Encrustation, but in good condition. Ex: Archaeological Center, Jerusalem. The most abundant items of Roman security hardware seem to be keys and lock bolts. Keys were used mainly for doors, chests, boxes, caskets, cupboards and padlocks. Less often they were used for ceremonial or decorative purposes, such as matron keys, jewelry items and votive offerings. It is alleged that some ring keys were worn by women as symbols of household authority, as "keeper of the keys".