- Roman Period
- A.D. 2nd century perhaps
- From Turkey, Anatolia; Possibly from Trabzon
- Bronze or copper alloy, silver, black copper (?)
- Height: 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1939
- Accession Number:
This piece is remarkable for its rich inlays. Both sides of each blade are decorated with three registers of figures. Whoever created the design clearly had a sense of humor; when the shears are closed, the top register brings a dog face-to-face with a cat on one side and a lion on the other.
The combination of vague iconography, attenuated drawing, and dour expressions marks the shears as in an "Egyptianizing" rather than an actual Egyptian style. Perhaps they served a ritual function at an Isis sanctuary at ancient Trebizond on the Black Sea, the site where they are said to have been found.