Ceramic Toys and Miniatures from 16th-18th century found in Lisbon

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Archaeological excavations in various medieval and Early Modern sites in Lisbon have revealed several artefacts interpreted as children’s toys, such as whistles, marbles and fragments of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines.
The same contexts have also yielded other artefacts of very small proportions. These are exact imitations of larger cooking pots, chaffing dishes, jars, bowls and cups and are usually classified as toys.
Miniatures could have played an important role in child’s play and may have been used to teach them certain cultural habits (such as cooking for little girls). But they could have fulfilled other functions as well. Small vessels may have contained rare or valuable goods.
This paper presents the artefacts found in the Santana Convent and the Carnide storage pits in Lisbon and from Rua da Judiaria in Almada.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropa Post Medievalis 2018
Subtitle of host publicationPost-medieval pottery between (its) borders
EditorsGabriela Blazková, Kristyna Matejkova
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-78969-188-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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