Measurements: 19.5 cm – width, 15.5 - height


Description: An unusual and rare item from our collection – a limestone mould for terracotta horse toy. This mould would have been used to make a toy which would have wheels attached so that it could be pulled along by a child. The wheels would have been made from lead or terracotta and attached afterwards. String would be interlaced through the toy so it could be pulled along. This is an extremely rare item and it can be dated from the late Roman Empire to the early Byzantine period. The decoration on the horse mould suggests a parallel with the decoration of the oil lamps of 4th and 5th centuries. Most of the preserved Roman pull-along horses that are known today came from Roman Egypt. Roman children had some toys very like ones we play with today - such as toy soldiers, rattles, balls, doll's houses, carts and pull-along animals on wheels. Please note that that this item, due to its weight, will incur shipping costs that will be added to the sale price depending on the destination.


Provenance: Ex. private collection of Philip Wainwright.


Reference: Published in Treasure Hunting magazine, October 2000.

Laes, C., Voulanto, V., Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World, 2017, Fig. 8.3.

The British Museum


Period: 4th – 5th cent. AD


Condition: Very fine, intact.

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