Roman Blacksmiths

Bas relief second century Roman blacksmiths
ROMAN (Top and middle) First or second century, AD. Note twin pipes from the bellows shield, apparently joined at the nozzle, supplying air to a roofed forge. The smith sits at a block anvil of considerable size. To the right are tongs, hammer, a spearhead and a lock.
Fourth or fifth century, AD. The assistant stands behind the bellows shield while the smith stands at the anvil. [From A History of Private Life (From Pagan Rome to Byzantium); Paul Veyne, Editor; 1987, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; ISBN 0-674-39975-7]
Provided by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone, images enhanced by Jock Dempsey Oct. 20, 2005

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