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Teething charm, Roman, 100-500 CE

Teething, when the teeth are breaking through the gums, can be a painful process for some babies. A teething charm is used in the hope it will help them through this difficult time. Pliny, a Roman author writing in the first century CE, recommended that a wolf or horse’s tooth be placed on the child’s body to help with teething but not to let the tooth touch the floor. This charm has a tooth set into a bronze handle.

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A33500

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