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A ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL BOX
A ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL BOX

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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

Lot Essay

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

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