Ancient Roman bronze seal box of Mercury (Hermes) god of merchants

Ancient Roman bronze seal box of Mercury (Hermes) god of merchants

Code: 12158

£395.00 Approx $478.79, €466.9
 

This is a delightful ancient Roman bronze seal box of the god Mercury, dating to the 1st - 2nd century AD. The box is oval in shape and has a hinged lid. It is as excavated and the iron pin has seal the lid shut with corrosion. The lid is decorated with a bust of Mercury (Hermes) wearing a winged petasos and with his caduceus wand behind his shoulder. In ancient Rome Mercury was the god of financial gain, commerce, merchants and travellers. As such, this is a nice subject to protect the wax seal of a merchant, as the contents travelled across the empire! The box is intact and has a nice dark green patina.

OBJECT: Seal Box

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century AD

MATERIAL: Bronze

SIZE: 23.1mm x 13mm x 8mm

WEIGHT: 3.9 grams

PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection, Graz,  Austria.