Mask Puzzle Padlock Cover, 1st-3rd Cent Rare!
Copper alloy, 36mm/15.8gm
Con/ As Cast; Henge loop intact; sublime and eye-pleasing black patina with orange earthen fill
Ref/ Romano-Celtic Mask Puzzle Padlocks - Group Six Type*
Seller's Note/ Group 6 types are characterized by circular eyes made by a central recessed dot surrounded by a recessed circle. These are referred to as "dice" eyes. The nose on these faces thin and rectangular in shape. The mouth is made by a single horizontal line, the chin by a "V" shape, and recessed lines surmount the forehead. To either sides, vertical lines and below, an inverted "V".
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The attached photos present an extremely rare complete puzzle padlock. Note the two faces of Janus, the Roman personification of Beginnings and Endings, and Doorways.