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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.118
Title
Stone Mold for Tokens
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Work Type
mold
Date
c. 510 BCE-395 CE
Period
Roman period
Culture
Roman
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stone
Technique
Carved
Dimensions
7.6 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm (3 x 4 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Provenance
Gift of Professor Walton Brooks McDaniel to the Department of the Classics, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.118
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small block of whitish limestone. The top surface is smoothed and almost rectangular; the lower surface is rough, rising in the middle. In the upper right and lower left corner are the remains of iron pins. The top surface is apparently one half of a mould for making small tokens, presumably of lead. A groove runs from the bottom to terminate in a slightly sunk circle just below the upper end. From the groove branch off on each side three further grooves, each terminating in a similar slightly sunk disk. Each of the seven circles is carved with the design of Fortuna holding a cornucopia and rudder, common on such tokens, and is approximately 1.4 cm in diameter and each has a small hole in its center. The upper half of the mould would presumably have been a duplicate and could be centered by the two iron rods at the corners.

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