Reproduction of a Tessera Hospitalis dating from the first century B.C - first century A.C. It was found in the province of Teruel (Spain) , and it is currently at the Museo Arqueológico Nacional of Madrid. It is made in the shape of two hands shaking.
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|Measures||9x 4 x 1 cm|
|Made of||Bronze plated zamak|
The tesseras were used in the Iberian and Roman world. It was a token of friendship, help pacts, and protection between different comunities. They usually had two pieces. Each party kept a piece of it and they carried it whenever they had to cross foreign territory to kept them from evil. The tesseras had varied forms; hands , zoomorphic figures such as bulls, wild board, dolphins and horses.