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Tolosa's gold age

The Discobolus

This fragmentary sculpture is a copy from the Roman period of one of the most well-known statues in the history of Greek art: the Discobolus, meaning the disk thrower. The original Greek bronze sculpture was designed in the fifth century BCE by one of the greatest sculptures of all times: Myron....

Bronzes

The first statuette shows a young man performing a libation, a liquid offering to a divinity. With the head representing exactly one-seventh of the total height, this figurine respects the aspect ratio codified by the bronze-smelter Polykleitos in fifth century BCE. Everything in this character...

Mosaics

Collection of mosaics discovered in the nineteenth century in Saint-Rustice (Haute-Garonne). Fourth or fifth century. Inv.  Ra20c – Ra 20b – D.70.1.1. This collection of mosaics comes from a Roman villa, an estate that included a sumptuous residential area. The only known part of the...

Octavius

This head is one of the two most ancient portraits of Octavius, grand-nephew and heir of Julius Cesar. Octavius will be at the origin of the transformation of the old Roman Republic into an imperial regime. He will thus change his name to Augustus which was formerly just an epithet. This...

Spoon Handle

This very rare ivory object is a utensil handle for which the functional part disappeared. It has a rich and complex decoration that is difficult to perceive with the naked eye. At the point, a centaur plays the lyre seated on a rock at the base of a tripod. Each foot of the seat forms a fluted...

The Statuary Group from Beziers

In April 1844, in the heart of the City of Beziers in the Hérault department, Mr. Gasc’s house, situated in the area of the city’s ancient forum, is the theater of an exceptional archeological discovery. Ten marble heads were excavated in a few days. The happy owner refuses buying offers from...

Altar

This monument is an altar. It was used for sacrificial offerings to a divinity during which the offerings where placed here and then burned. A garland of fruits and ears of wheat is supported by two ribbons decorating each side of the alter and is linked at the angles with faces. On one side of...

Wood Bucket

Discovered in a well at the site of Vieille-Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), this bucket was unquestionably a luxury object. It is made up of eight strips of yew of unequal lengths, supported by five strips of bronze sheet, alternately smooth and decorated. The decorations depict a typical, sparingly...

The Grand Temple in la place Esquirol

Excavations carried out under la place Esquirol (a public square in Toulouse) led to the unearthing of a section  of a large temple of imposing dimensions that was constructed in the first century CE (no later than the 80s) and was used until the end of the fourth century. It is located in...

Celtic Jewelry

This magnificent set of gold work dating back to the end of the third century   was discovered in the nineteenth century near Toulouse. The Celtic necklaces are called toques because the metal snap ring is composed of twisted wires. Produced in large quantities in Western Europe beginning...