Bronze Hand, Roman Ship Decoration

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Mark Cartwright
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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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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at WHE.

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Cartwright, M. (2013, December 17). Bronze Hand, Roman Ship Decoration. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2193/bronze-hand-roman-ship-decoration/

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