- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: small package of Etruscan fragments (key)
- Tools and Equipment
- Work Type
- 1st-4th century CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
- Roman Imperial period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Leaded bronze
- Cast, lost-wax process
- 5 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm (1 15/16 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)
- Technical Details
Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Leaded Bronze:
Cu, 81.38; Sn, 3.82; Pb, 14.27; Zn, 0.092; Fe, 0.01; Ni, 0.04; Ag, 0.26; Sb, 0.13; As, less than 0.10; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, less than 0.005; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
Technical Observations: The patina consists of various greens, red, and black with brown deposits. The object is worn but intact. The key was made by lost-wax casting.
Carol Snow (submitted 2002)
- Miss Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, Boston, MA and Miss Margaret Norton, Cambridge, MA (by 1920), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1920.
Note: The Misses Norton were daughters of Charles Elliot Norton (1827-1908).
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Misses Norton
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This slide key has a four-sided shaft that tapers from the hoop to the teeth. The three rounded teeth of the key form a right angle to the handle. The hoop is quite worn on the side where it joins to the handle (1). A key of this type would have been suspended from a chain or rope (2).
1. A similar key was found at Boğazkale, Turkey; see R. Boehmer, Die Kleinfunde von Boğazköy, Boğazköy-Hattusa 7 (Berlin, 1972) 158, no. 1650, pl. 55.
2. For the general type, compare Los bronces romanos en España, exh. cat., Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Velazquez (Madrid, 1990) 271, nos. 203-204; and G. Zampieri and B. Lavarone, eds., Bronzi antichi del Museo Archaeologico di Padova, exh. cat. Museo Archeologico Padova (Rome, 2000) 188-89, nos. 357-61.
- Subjects and Contexts
Roman Domestic Art
- Related Works
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