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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 171

    A ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL BOX

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL BOX
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The interior with five compartments, the outer four each covered by a hinged lid incised with concentric rectangles and centered by a U-shaped handle, the sliding lid incised with concentric rectangles, a perforation at one end to accommodate the lock mechanism below, the bottom also with concentric rectangles; likely once used to store medicines
    4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) long


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    For a medical box from the House of the Surgeon at Pompeii, see p. 218 in Coarelli, ed., Pompeii.

    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1970s.
    Dr. E. C. Paraskevaides (d. 1997).