The Roman Lady-Doll: a Surprising Image of the Female Body

Danielle Gourevitch


Ivory or bone lady-dolls found in italy and in the Western empire, from the 2nd to the 5th century, seem to be erotic toys, with a beautiful hair-dress, articulated body, and riche jewels, strange presents to be given to little girls or young ladies. Archaeological and epigraphical documents, literary texts, and present barbies are put together. 

Key words: Lady-doll Body - Rome

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