Votive right leg

Made:
200 BCE-400 CE in Roman Empire
Votive leg, bronze,Roman(?) Graduated grey background. Votive leg, bronze,Roman(?)  Front 3/4 view of whole object on black background

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Votive leg, bronze,Roman(?) Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Votive leg, bronze,Roman(?) Front 3/4 view of whole object on black background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Votive right leg, bronze,Roman(?)

Votive offerings were made at the temple of a healing god such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine. They were made in the hope of receiving a cure or as thanks for one. This bronze example shows a muscular leg up to the mid thigh. It is possibly a Roman example. The use of bronze may indicate a wealthy owner as most votives were made from terracotta.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A608639
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust