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Topic: copper alloy

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Bell

Bell

Rome ?, Italy

Bracelet Bell

Bracelet Bell

Rome, Italy

Bronze right foot and lower leg from a colossal statue

Bronze right foot and lower leg from a colossal statue

Right foot and part of leg from colossal statue. Imperial

Bronze distaff

Bronze distaff

The distaff was used for spinning wool into thread. Early Imperial

Bronze statuette of Mercury

Bronze statuette of Mercury

Standing, nude. Imperial

Bronze statuette of a Lar

Bronze statuette of a Lar

Left arm raised and right one extended. He wears a tunic, of which the lower part is blown out on either side; no mantle. Imperial

Bronze cylindrical cup

Bronze cylindrical cup

Decorated with five moulded bands on the outside; on the bottom, moulded concentric circles. Imperial

Fragmentary bronze statuette of Herakles with lion's skin

Fragmentary bronze statuette of Herakles with lion's skin

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

Bronze hand of a boxer

Bronze hand of a boxer

The hand is clad in a caestus (boxing glove), comprising a semicylindrical strip and a projecting spike, tied with cords running from the wrist. Although Roman boxers are represented on statues, mosaics, terrac... more

Bronze shovel with a handle terminating in a ram's head

Bronze shovel with a handle terminating in a ram's head

Shovel ending in ram's head.. Imperial

Bronze phallic ornament

Bronze phallic ornament

This ornament probably hung as a charm from a tintinnabulum, a wind chime adorned with bells and intended to ward off evil. These phallic tintinnabula were doubly apotropaic, the protective effect of the phallu... more

Bronze sistrum (rattle)

Bronze sistrum (rattle)

The sistrum was used during religious ceremonies to ward off evil spirits with its jingling noise. It was particularly necessary in the observance of mystery cults such as the worship of Isis, and statues of th... more

Bronze furniture attachment

Bronze furniture attachment

These two bronze mules’ heads (grouped with separable object 27.253.1) were originally part of the fulcra (headrests) of a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting. One of... more

Bronze batillum (incense shovel)

Bronze batillum (incense shovel)

With four knobs on the under side of the blade. Mid-Imperial

Bronze scalpel

Bronze scalpel

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

Bronze portrait bust of a man

Bronze portrait bust of a man

The man is shown with the beard and short-cropped hair typical of the third century A.D. Likewise, his toga has the broad fold across the chest that is found on many life-sized marble portrait busts of the peri... more

Gilt bronze horse's hoof and fetlock

Gilt bronze horse's hoof and fetlock

Horse leg and hoof; gilded. Imperial

Hairpin

Hairpin

Made in Northern France

Bronze footed globular vessel with lid

Bronze footed globular vessel with lid

The body is decorated in shallow relief with children, garlands, dogs and rabbits. Imperial

Bronze bust of Minerva

Bronze bust of Minerva

Modeled on the Greek goddess Athena, the Roman Minerva had many of the same duties and attributes, as shown here by her Greek-style helmet. Together with Jupiter and Juno, she formed part of the Capitoline Tria... more

Bronze jug handle

Bronze jug handle

The handle is decorated with acanthus leaves in low relief. On the lower attachment is a head of Medusa. The eyes of the Medusa are inlaid with silver. Imperial

Bronze buttons

Bronze buttons

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

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Bronze specillum (probe)

Bronze specillum (probe)

Article for extracting salves from ointment boxes.

Bronze phallic amulet

Bronze phallic amulet

This amulet is of unusual form. Commonly, the phallus, presented in symmetrical double form on amulets, is winged, but the three winged phalli that project from this ornament are very different in shape, positi... more

Bronze statuette of a Lar

Bronze statuette of a Lar

The Lar holds a phiale in his right hand, and raises a rhyton in the shape of a dolphin in his left hand. Early Imperial

Bronze stamp

Bronze stamp

The stamp reads Veneris obsequentis, suggesting that it was used to mark products or property belonging to a temple dedicated to Venus the Propitious. Imperial

Ring for the attachment of bath implements

Ring for the attachment of bath implements

A similar ring, with four strigils, one ointment bottle, and one saucer attached, was found at Pompeii. Imperial

Bronze statuette of a Lar

Bronze statuette of a Lar

The Lar holds in his right hand a rhyton with a protome in the form of an antelope's head and in his left a phiale. Imperial

Bronze ladle

Bronze ladle

With round shallow bowl. Imperial

Bronze statuette of Mercury

Bronze statuette of Mercury

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

Bronze ring with bust of Serapis

Bronze ring with bust of Serapis

Very heavy ring; bust in relief on bezel. Imperial

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Belt clasp

Belt clasp

Transcaucasia

Belt clasp

Belt clasp

Transcaucasia

Lid with Seated Male Figure

Lid with Seated Male Figure

Such vessels were important to the Buddhist community at Gandhara, as pouring water marked ritual actions. Given its early date, this vessel was likely used in conjuction with the veneration of relics that were... more

Plaque with a Winged Horse

Plaque with a Winged Horse

These plaques were created by (or for) the Xianbei, a nomadic people living in the steppes region of what is now Mongolia and northern China, who would later control a large part of northern China as the Northe... more

Handle in the Form of a Dragon's Head

Handle in the Form of a Dragon's Head

The dragon in China is an auspicious emblem of nature’s creative forces. Visualized as a composite creature, this sleek example, with its elongated neck, flared nostrils, and gaping mouth, may have been inspire... more

Belt clasp

Belt clasp

Transcaucasia

Bronze specillum (probe)

Bronze specillum (probe)

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.

Bronze statuette of a satyr with an amphora

Bronze statuette of a satyr with an amphora

Copy or variant of a Hellenistic work, perhaps of the 2nd century B.C. Early Imperial

Bronze aryballos

Bronze aryballos

Concentric circles on the bottom; high shouldered, with short, narrow neck. Imperial

Bronze toes and instep of an over-lifesized right foot

Bronze toes and instep of an over-lifesized right foot

A hollow cast including toes and instep. Imperial

Bronze lamp

Bronze lamp

In the form of a round bowl with an elongated nozzle. The handle consists of two stems united above in a heart-shaped disc. Imperial

Bronze phallic ornament

Bronze phallic ornament

This flat-backed relief of a phallus was most likely attached to a larger object in antiquity, perhaps, as was common, to the chariot of a military general. Imperial

Bronze fulcrum attachment with a bust of Eros

Bronze fulcrum attachment with a bust of Eros

Furniture attachment from a couch, Eros. Imperial

Bronze statuette of a Lar

Bronze statuette of a Lar

The lar familiaris was a household deity that protected the members of the family, ensuring their health and prosperity. From the time of Augustus onward, the lararium (a small shrine found in every Roman house... more

Bronze knife with ram's-head handle

Bronze knife with ram's-head handle

Handle ending in a head of a ram.

Bronze tail of a horse

Bronze tail of a horse

Finely modelled, broken off from a large relief. Imperial

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Bronze statuette of a bull

Bronze statuette of a bull

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

Bronze statuette of Neptune

Bronze statuette of Neptune

His right arm is raised, the hand which is clasped having probably held a trident. The eyes are inlaid with silver. Imperial

Statuette of a youth

Statuette of a youth

Statue of a nude youth with left foot lightly drawn back and his weight on the right. A hole on the top of the head indicates that the statue served to support another object.

Bronze stamp

Bronze stamp

The inscription L*HER*FLO signifies Lucius Herennius Florus, the name of the owner of the villa at Boscoreale from which the Museum's frescoes come. The stamp was presumably his property and likely served as th... more

Bronze statuette of a comic actor

Bronze statuette of a comic actor

Statuette of an actor, comic. Imperial

Spoon

Spoon

Made in Gaul

Bronze left foot with traces of sandal straps

Bronze left foot with traces of sandal straps

Left foot with sandal straps. Imperial

Bronze ornament from a chariot pole

Bronze ornament from a chariot pole

This heavy metal ornament, decorated with the head of Medusa and inlays of silver and copper, probably comes from a currus triumphalis (ceremonial chariot) used in processions rather than a lightweight racing c... more

Bronze aryballos

Bronze aryballos

High shouldered, with short, narrow neck. Imperial

Bronze strigil (scraper)

Bronze strigil (scraper)

In the Greek world, the strigil is most often associated with athletes and the gymnasion. But for the Romans, the baths and the culture of bathing were so popular that the implement became part of the everyday ... more

Bronze spout in the form of a Corinthian column

Bronze spout in the form of a Corinthian column

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

Bronze furniture attachment

Bronze furniture attachment

This bronze mule's head was originally part of a fulcrum (headrest) on a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting, indicated here by the panther (another Dionysiac attribu... more

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Belt clasp

Belt clasp

In the late second millennium B.C., the tradition of lively animal-ornamented bronzes begins in the Caucasus region. Stylized animals with small waists, arched necks and backs are seen on numerous bronze tools ... more

Plaque with a Winged Horse

Plaque with a Winged Horse

These plaques were created by (or for) the Xianbei, a nomadic people living in the steppes region of what is now Mongolia and northern China, who would later control a large part of northern China as the Northe... more

Sistrum

Sistrum

Although the sound elements have disappeared, the wires are preserved on this functional arc sistrum. The wires terminate in duck heads; in pharaonic examples they mainly take the form of reared cobras. Sound d... more

Statuette of Herakles holding apples

Statuette of Herakles holding apples

The hero holds the golden apples of the Hesperides in his left hand. From Egypt Roman Period

Openwork pendant

Openwork pendant

Transcaucasia

Bronze statuette of Jupiter Capitolinus

Bronze statuette of Jupiter Capitolinus

Jupiter sits enthroned in all his majesty, holding a thunderbolt in his right hand and a long scepter in his left. Imperial

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