Roman Doll Carved in Bone with Pigment

£ 800.00

A rare Ancient Roman doll carved from a single piece of bone with a flat, unworked reverse. The doll is modelled in the shape of a female figure, possibly a goddess, shown wearing a long tunic and a sumptuous headpiece, ending on a polos. Much attention is given towards the representation of facial features and hair. The naturalistic appearance of the dress’ folds has been created by a series of carved lines. The doll’s arms (one of which has been lost), were originally attached separately. Dolls carved in bone were popular in the Late Roman Empire.

Date: Circa 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, professionally repaired.


Product Code: RES-73
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Remains of dolls constitute one of the largest bodies of evidence for toys and games to survive from Roman antiquity. In Ancient Greece and across the Roman Empire dolls were made of clay, cloth, bone, and ivory, and were also painted to look life-like.  Dolls, such as this nice example, featuring articulates limbs attached separately were popular across all social strata. Dolls were not only used as toys, but were also placed in graves and temples as votive offerings.

To discover more about Roman pastimes, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Pastimes.

Dimensions H 15 cm

Southern Europe