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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Bronze hand used in the worship of Sabazius, probably attached to poles for processional use.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC-2ndC
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15.24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Jones 1990
    Roman bronzes: genuine and false patinas
    This hand is a genuine Roman bronze of the first century AD, but was repatinated by the great collector Richard Payne Knight in the early nineteenth century to give it the black appearance he and other early collectors were convinced it had originally possessed. The statuette of Athena Isis Tyche (registration no. 1920,0218.1) is of the second century AD and is of similar composition but it retains its natural patination.


  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1990a 286a bibliographic details
    • Bronze 875 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc34

  • Exhibition history


    2001, 29 May-24 Jun, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Superstition

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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