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.