**Originally Listed At $1000**
Roman, late Imperial Period to early Byzantine Empire, ca. 4th to 7th century CE. A fine set of two cast-bronze bread stamps, each with a small ring handle on the verso. The smaller stamp is shaped like an "L" with a pronounced right angle as well as seven raised letters to denote the owner of the bread. The larger stamp is of a rough shoe form, with one lobed end and one tapered to a rounded point, and featuring five raised letters along the stamp face. Both stamps are enveloped in fine layers of matte green, brown, and russet patina. Size of largest (phallic): 3.625" W x 1.15" H (9.2 cm x 2.9 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-George & Janet Zakos collection, Switzerland, acquired in the 1970s
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