Roman Seal Boxes - ukdfdhttp://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/roman-seal-boxes.html[24.02.2009 02:29:43]
Fig 5: UKDFD 5741Fig 6: UKDFD 457
The final type from this group is rarer and almost certainly the earliest of the three. They are smaller than the othertwo usually not exceeding 25mm in length and they are rarely enamelled but were nearly always given a whitemetal coating or ‘tinned’. This example (6508) found by Sharon Edwards has a separately cast phallus riveted tothe lid and the rivet can clearly be seen on the underside.
Fig 7:UKDFD 6508 Fig 8: UKDFD 6508
There is another riveted phallus seal box lid in this group (2118) found by EarthRob and it is larger than the type Iam describing here. Also note that this example is enamelled, so some later, large leaf shaped boxes haveenamelled decoration and a riveted decoration. The way to distinguish between them, even if you only have abase is by the size and shape.