Key



Accession Number
W988
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Metalwork case
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural element, Door, Key
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Metals/alloys (Iron)
Measurements
Length: 264mm | Width: 92mm | Depth: 68mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

Iron key with long shaft, which is decorated with incised decoration, and three surviving bits. Roman period. For keys see Haddad, N. 2016. Critical review, assessment and investigation of ancient technology. Evolution of door locking mechanisms in S.E. Mediterranean. 'Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry', Vol. 16, 53-74. Purchased by Wellcome in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.

Other Identity
W999 (wrong number written on a label attached to the object) | 888 (Boscawen number)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906, Lot 302
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 08 Oct 2022

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