A Magic Figurine in Brussels

Magisk figurine
Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Historie, Brussels. Photo: TMK, July 2006.

I have a particular fondness for Greco-Roman ‘magic’ figurines, including those that acted as ‘voodoo’ dolls. There’s a good collection of them in the Kerameikos Museum in Athens. I particularly like this example in Brussels, especially since it was donated by none other than the great Franz Cumont, author of many works on Roman religion and Mithraism. According to the label, it was found in Athens. I also really like the handwritten label!

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