Roman Bronze Ship Decoration



by Mark Cartwright
published on 17 December 2013
These bronze hands would have decorated the end beams of a Roman ship. They were placed at the end of beams running parallel with the ship's long axis, two either side and with the arm horizontal and thumb pointing upwards. They were believed to ward off evil. This example dates to 37-41 CE. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)

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