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

Gift of Keith P. Smith 1985.177


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
GR - Roman
Greek and Roman Art
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