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Bulla, Boys Amulet, c. 1st Cent BC - 1st Cent AD

Copper Alloy; 32mm/13.8gm

Con/ black patina; broken but wearable


A bulla was an amulet worn around the neck as a locket to protect against evil spirits and forces and were made of differing substances depending upon the wealth of the family. Such lockets were given to male Roman children nine days after birth. Before the age of manhood, Roman boys wore a bulla, a neckchain and round pouch containing protective amulets (usually phallic symbols) and the bulla of an upper-class boy would be made of gold. Other materials included copper alloy, leather and cloth. A freeborn Roman boy continued to wear a bulla until he came of age as a Roman citizen. Before he put on his toga virilis ("toga of manhood") he placed his boyhood bulla in the care of his parental household deities.

Seller's Note/ As seen in the photo, this bulla has a Celtic Romano face, hence the early dating.  Perhaps worn by a Romanized Celtic boy?

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