Roman figurine of a dog. 100-200CE. Ipswich Museum, Britain. This cast bronze figurine, made probably by the lost-wax method, was found in the vicinity of one of the important excavated Roman townships of East Suffolk at Hacheston, near Wickham Market. In Roman cult worship, dogs were seen as agents of healing (through the licking of wounds) and as protectors of the dead. Such animal statuettes would be kept with those of the lares or household gods.