wheeled toy

Terracotta horse on four terracotta wheels that has unoriginal wooden axles and metal pins to hold the wheels in place. The horse has a mane, a stump tail and a loop at the front, possibly for some string to be threaded through.
label: black exhibition label with white type

Children play with toys they are given. This toy, a simple terracotta horse on wheels, was once owned by a Roman child who was expected to learn through play, roughly mimicking the movements of a real horse. Its small size and simplicity allow it to be understood and manipulated by a child of a young age, gradually becoming aware through association of the importance of horses in the Roman world, becoming familiar with them in a safe environment before moving towards the real thing.

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