Punch with head of the Egyptian deity Bes - ROM2010_11687_40


Punch with head of the Egyptian deity Bes

Geography: From Egypt
Date: 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Object number: 998.132.2
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

Throughout antiquity, goldsmiths used a variety of tools to fashion their products. Formers served as templates – gold sheet could be pressed and tooled over one to produce a raised figure or stylized head, as seen here. Punches were employed to stamp thin gold sheet with images for repetitive use. Moulds were used for casting with molten metal or as dies for pressing sheet gold into concave designs. They could be re-used.

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