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Christie’s Antiquities Sale lot There is a similar jointed Roman doll in the Museo Nazionale Romano.

Articulated Roman ivory doll, Museo Nazionale Romano

Museo Arqueológico de Albacete (España). Roman dress up dolls, articulated and made of bone and of amber. Site of Las Eras (Ontur, Albacete, Spain). Dated on the 4th century A.D. The dolls, apart from being used as toys, were dedicated after the childhood to the goddesses Venus and Diana. This collection should have been belonged to an upper class girl, because amber (the doll in the center) was a valued material. Information extracted from the informative panel of the piece.

Articulated Italian Santo with solid body, magnificent face sculpting and sulphur glass eyes, c 1800

The "wooden" doll of Crepereia Tryphaena. At first the doll was assumed to be made of wood, but in fact it was carved from ivory, which was stained dark brown over the centuries by the water of the Tiber which had seeped into the sarcophagus.

Etruscan Menrva - bronze, 5th century BCE. The Campanian type armor is covered by a round aegis on which is applied in relief a small protome depicting a youthful male head. Accidentally discovered in 1541 and purchased by Cosimo I de 'Medici. Goddess of arts and war. The Roman goddess Minerva was probably derived from Menrva. Many of her attributes were derived from Athena, but where Athena was essentially a virgin goddess, Menrva was also a goddess who promoted marriage and childbirth.

Etruscan Menrva Goddess Bronze, century BCE The Campanian type armor is covered by a round aegis on which is applied in relief a small protome depicting a youthful male head. Accidentally discovered in 1541 and purchased by Cosimo I de ‘Medici.

Roman Place made: probably Egypt Articulated doll, century A. Bone with gold earrings h.) Gift of Gillett G.

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What history and archaeology tell us about medieval toys between AC in Europe?

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