Maria Schmitt

Curt-Engelhorn-Stiftung für die Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim;
University of Sheffield

Terracotta figurine group

Analysis of dress codes depicted on terracotta figurines in the Germanic and Gallic provinces

The project deals with depictions of dress as we witness them in terracotta figurines from the Germanic and Gallic provinces. The investigation of codes of dress in regard to Roman and provincial influences is based on terracotta figurines found at Mainz and Cologne on the Rhine river and Trier on the Moselle river.

By iconographic analysis and comparative study, the characteristic elements of dress will be detected and identified, their Roman or provincial origins will be defined, and the various styles of draping clothing will be examined. The results will then be compared with terracotta figurines from Gallia Narbonensis in southern France in order to determine regional differences.

After examining the images, general observations on the quality of pictorial information and the relationship between the depictions and clothing genuinely worn at the time will be discussed.