Roman Lead Seal, Salus & Asclepius 3rd-4th Cent AD
Lead; 20mm/8.8gm, glossy sand patina and awesome in hand.
This seal features a pair of personifications; IE Salus, the Roman Goddess of health and is commonly represented as holding or feeding a snake and Asclepius, the Greek God of Health and Medicine who was also represented with snakes. In fact, it is from Asclepius that modern doctors/pharmacies use the image of the caduceus (twin snakes wrapped about a staff) still to this day.
On our seal, we see Salus on left feeding a snake held in hand and Asclepius, on right holding his caduceus staff.
So, who used this seal way back in the day?
Our best guess is that it was the personal seal of a well-to-do doctor or perhaps a merchant who dealt in medical supplies? Or perhaps I'm just whistling Dixie... :-)