Romano-Celtic Bronze Enamelled Square Seal Box Lid

Item Description

C. 2nd century AD

A beautiful square seal box lid decorated in a pattern of Celtic style with blue, orange and black enamelled cells. Seal boxes were used for transporting written messages and packages securely. The base of the box would have been fixed to packages with either nails or cord which was passed through the holes in the base. Each side of the base would have a small slot cut out for another cord to pass through and would have been tied in a knot within the seal box and held together by a wax stamp.

One globule terminal damaged otherwise a nice example with the majority of enamel still remaining.

Provenance: Cambridge collection sold at a provincial auction.

Size: 23mm diam



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