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Bulla (145490)


Bulla (145490)

The bulla aurea is lenticular in shape and consists of two valves in smooth gold leaf, surmounted by a rectangular clasp through which passes the thin stiff supporting wire that has been partly knurled. The decoration is concentrated on the clasp, which consists of a sheet of gold leaf along which runs a filigree border; it is decorated by a large elegant central plait which descends vertically alongside of which are two smaller plaits, and ends, at the join of the valves, with a lacework decoration. A similar plait to that on the clasp extends along the outer edge of the bulla. The clasp is sealed by a series of small nails, only three of which survive, set in small triangles decorated by small spheres. The object, whose use was inherited by the Romans from Etruscan culture, was the symbol of freeborn children who wore it around the neck until their official entrance into adulthood when, during a special ceremony, they wore the man’s toga and placed the bulla in the Lararium.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Mezzanine floor, room LIII display case (no number)
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 145490
  INVD: 1863 post
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 6.5
  Weight: 14.08
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)
  Bibliography:

Maiuri 1933, n. 127, p. 381; Breglia 1941, n. 918, p. 90; Siviero 1954, n. 340, p. 83; Pompeii A.D. 79 1978, n. 40, p. 132; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 2, n. 3, p. 202; Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli 1992, n. 69, p. 240; De Caro 1994, p. 279; Treasures 1995, n. 111, p. 113; Pompei 1996, n. 125, p. 223; Pompeii 2000, p. 125.