Casket or chest legs are almost always found detached, as the material comprising the body of the furniture (usually wood) does not survive. They were used for various containers, such as capsa, acerra, and pyxides (cosmetic and incense jars). In addition to coinage, items made from silver were ubiquitous across every aspect of Roman life, and the manufacture of high quality silverware was greatly appealing to the finest craftsmen.
Roman Silver Casket Foot
A cast casket foot in the form of a sandalled foot. It stands on a rectangular base, and rises to a square plate with square-section lug above. The foot is hollow to the underside.
Provenance: UK art market, acquired prior to 1980.
Condition: Fine condition. Rare.