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Articulated ivory doll

  • 'Articulated ivory doll'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    'Articulated ivory doll'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

     
  

Category

Archaeology

Date

3rd-4th centuries A.D.

Cultural background

Roman

Original title

Muñeca articulada de marfil
Tarragona National Archaeological Museum
Tarragona
Tarragona, Catalonia
Tarragona

This is one of the most emblematic pieces of the archaeology of Tarraco.

This ivory doll with articulated arms and legs forms part of the funerary goods found inside the sarcophagus of a little girl aged five or six in the paleo-Christian necropolis of Tarragona.

Other examples are known (most of them merely fragments) of articulated Roman dolls made from a range of materials (bone, ivory, and particularly ceramic). The remains of gold thread found beside the toy confirm that these dolls were dressed in miniature garments which –just as today– were copies of children and adults' actual clothing.
 

Details of the work

Object
Doll

Dimensions
23 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm

Material
Ivory

  

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