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Janiform Mask Puzzle Padlock, 1st-3rd Cent, Extremely Rare!

Copper alloy, 38mm x 26mm / 61.8gm or 2.18oz

Con/ Missing shackle, otherwise, As Fabricated. Dark brown patina, cleaned, not waxed.

Ref/ Romano-Celtic Mask Puzzle Padlocks -

Group One TypeThe bearded male faces 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 are thin in shape. The mouth is again characterized by a central recessed dot surrounded by a recessed circle. The foreheads are adorned with hair in complicated ringlets, and the beard with simple vertical lines.

Seller's Note/ Oh my goodness, such a rare thing! Much too complicated for us to describe in detail, so click the following link:

Note the final photo "as arrived" to NRC. Yikes!

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