Sacred and Funeral Terracotta Figurines in Africa Proconsularis, Numidia and Mauretania Caesariensis between the First and Third Centuries CE

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas

Abstract

About 850 terracotta figurines have been found in Roman Africa since the late 19th century, in various contexts. Based on this large quantitative database, similarities and differences between figurines found in sacred and funeral contexts will be analysed. Likewise, we will see how the figurines’ spatial analysis at different sites (provinces, necropoleis, graves), the anthropological studies, the meticulous observations of the ritual treatment of the objects (breakage and reversal) and the study of associations figurines in tombs contribute to the definition of their function and allow us to move past the initial impressions conveyed by these figurative materials.

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