Coins and Jewels

The basement of the palace, reconverted into a vault, houses a part of the extremely rich Numismatic Section, which comprises the collections of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy and Francesco Gnecchi.

Unique in the world are four standard-bearer spearheads, three parade lances and three sceptres, constituting the insignia of a Roman emperor.

The refined works of the Goldsmith’s Craft - rings, necklaces, armbands, bracelets and golden hair-nets - issue from feminine funerary trousseaux. In particular, here is kept the mummy of a female child about 8 years old, deposed in a marble sarcophagus with her jewels and her ivory doll.

A collection of objects used in everyday life complete the exhibition, in order to give an idea of nourishment, dress and leisure time in the Roman world.

The Goldsmith's Craft

The Goldsmith’s Craft section collects precious objects issued from feminine funerary trousseaux. Some of the grave goods, such as the rings and the statuettes in amber or the pupae (dolls), had a ritual value. Others, like hairpins or the golden reticulae (hairnets) that were used to gather the hair, were used in particularly lavish hairstyles. Dating from the 1st century BCE is the splendid intaglio in jasper signed by Aspanios and depicting the bust of Athena Parthenos. The greater space is dedicated to the context of Grottarossa, where, in a marble sarcophagus dating from the second half of the 2nd century CE, a mummy of a female child about 8 years of age was found.