This terracotta doll is dated to the late first or early second century C.E. The figure depicts a seated woman with her legs close together, her elbows bent, and her hands at her side. The fingers and toes are slightly modeled. The torso, head, and legs are all one piece with the arms being made [...]
Jessica Phippen is a member of the class of 2012 at Johns Hopkins University. She is majoring in Archaeology and Writing Seminars. She has participated in excavations in Lincolnshire, England and Cusco, Peru. She is an intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Bullae were pendants worn by boys to ward off evil spirits and simultaneously proclaim their status as freeborn children. The Romans adopted the practice of wearing bullae from the Etruscans. Both cultures saw children as especially vulnerable and in need of protection. The gold bulla in the JHUAM may be either Etruscan or Roman in [...]
The lamp fragment in the JHUAM is an example of Arretine ware, a relatively inexpensive and popular ceramic ware that was mass-produced in the Roman city of Arretium, modern-day Arezzo, through the use of terracotta and plaster moulds. The decoration on this fragment shows a man and a woman engaged in sexual intercourse. When this [...]