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Constans, Victory with Two Wreaths reverse, Rare! has been added to your Cart


Key, Roman, Janitors, c. 1st-3rd Century

Copper alloy;73mm/34.4gm

Con/ As Cast then engraved; glossy green patina, cleaned and waxed

Seller's Note/  This magnificent, large and heavy door key, may well have been used by the household Janitor.

Back in the day, Romans wealthy enough to own multiple slaves had one who was literally chained just inside the door that led into their house. He was the slave that not only had the door key but he was also responsible to keep out undesirables. This slave was called the "janitor". Why janitor? Because Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and endings and, through metaphor, doors and passageways.

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