The finely incised lion's skin drapped over the arm of this figure identifies him as Herakles. In his left hand, he may once have held apples, a common attribute of bronze statues of the type. After Herakles sl... more
The handle at the middle is square in section. At one end, there is a slot for the insertion of a sharp iron blade (now missing), and at other end, there is a leaf-shaped blade for blunt dissection procedures. Imperial
Each button is in the form of a pair of breasts. It is likely that they were found in a tomb; they are very unusual objects as grave gifts, suggesting that they must have had some special significance. Imperial
Mercury wears a winged cap and once held a cadeucus in his left hand and probably a money bag in his right. Similar statuettes are frequently found in Italy and Gaul. Imperial
Such instruments have been found in sets of Roman surgical instruments and may have been used as probes. However, it is believed that they also were used for mixing and applying medicines, cosmetics, and paint pigments.
Many statuettes of this type, belonging to the Roman Imperial period, are thought to be adaptations from an Egyptian original type and may be associated with Apis, the sacred animal of Memphis. Imperial
The function of this object is uncertain. If it is not a spout, it could also have served as a furniture attachment or a support for a rounded bowl. Imperial