Ostia Collection: Eleven Figurative Artifacts

The Ostia Collection of the Gregorian Profane Museum is made of mostly domestic artifacts excavated by archeologist Pietro Ercole Visconti between 1855 and 1870 in Ostia, the Roman port city. In addition to Visconti’s finds, other objects of unknown origin or those which arrived from other archaeological sites are included in this collection of artifacts, such as the elegant bronze statuette of Eros (Inv. 16927), and an obscure wooden fragment, perhaps originally part of a piece of furniture, taken from the excavations at the Etruscan city of Vulci.