Front View Roman Doll 2nd Century AD
While doing some research, I came upon this image of a doll owned by a Roman Teenager named Crepereia Tryphaena and found in her grave. Buried in the second century AD, Crepereia must have loved her doll as those who entombed her felt that she could use the solace in the afterlife. She was laid with her face facing the doll.
Interestingly Crepereia was buried in her wedding dress. It appears that Roman girls, before getting married, left their doll in the Temple so it is possible that she had not yet married. No one knows for sure. The combination of the wedding dress and the doll give a poignancy that we can only wonder about.
Side View Roman Doll 2nd Century AD
The doll itself was made of ivory and had six points of articulation. Here is how the author, Roderick Conway Morris, puts it in his 2013 New York Times article "Art, Propaganda and Death in Ancient Rome":