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Mouse

Mouse

1-200

Bronze

Overall: 1.4 x 1.6 cm (9/16 x 5/8 in.)

Gift of Keith P. Smith 1985.177

Description

The Romans were the first people in antiquity to make large numbers of genre sculptures for no purpose other than household decoration. This mouse may have been just such a knick-knack or it may have ornamented a metal food container laying claim to its contents so that other mice would stay away.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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