Ancient Roman Iron Roman folding field chair (sella castrensis) - 62×49×1.5 cm - (1)

Ancient Roman Iron Roman folding field chair (sella castrensis) - 62×49×1.5 cm - (1)
Tweede/derde eeuw na chr - Germany

Roman iron folding chair (sella castrensis) from the third century AD. Found in Germania inferior.
Such field chairs are depicted on coins and were often owned by centurions and not for the common legionnaire.

The folding chair, known as the "Curulian chair," together with the fasces, constituted essential insignia of consuls, censors, praetors, and aediles.

This type is an iron field chair, referred to as "sella castrensis" or a "camp stool," that was customarily used by military authority - usually reserved for the commanders in the field.

Such chairs are depicted in a number of ancient Roman coins, one noteworthy example being the Emperor Caligula standing left on a dais, addressing troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts), the sella castrensis behind him (Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Æ Sestertius (27.99 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 37-38.) 3rd century AD

I bought the piece in 2005 from a collector J de K in Amsterdam who obtained the piece in the 1970s.

Origin information:
Purchased by the current owner September 2005 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
From: Mr J. d. K
Previous origin, collected since 1970
Previous owner: J.d.K.
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Lot details
Ancient Roman
Number of objects
Roman folding field chair (sella castrensis)
62×49×1.5 cm
Century/ Timeframe
Tweede/derde eeuw na chr
Good Condition, See Photo
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