Selection of Roman Bronze Bell Attachments

A selection of Ancient Roman cast bronze bell attachments. The bells are conical in shape, each with a unique size and height. Dark olive green patination partially covers the surface. The bells have been pierced to the top of the suspension.

Date: Circa 1st-4th Century AD
Condition: Fine condition. Some patination on the surface.
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In Ancient Roman society and everyday life, small bells such as this one served many different purposes. They would often have been intended for practical uses such as signalling time, announcements or to keep track of livestock. Bells were also used in some ritual practices, or were hung from tintinnabula, a sort of wind-chime assemblage, designed to ward off evil.


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Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item number 1880,0719.254