Votive left foot

Made:
1-200 CE in Roman Empire
Bronze votive left foot, Roman, 1-200AD. Three quarter view. Grey background Bronze votive left foot, Roman, 1-200AD. Front three quarter view. Grey background

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Bronze votive left foot, Roman, 1-200AD. Three quarter view. Grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bronze votive left foot, Roman, 1-200AD. Front three quarter view. Grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bronze votive left foot, Roman, 1-200AD

Votive offerings were made at the temple of a healing god such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine. They were offered in the hope of receiving a cure or as thanks for one. Votives were made in the shape of the affected or cured body part, in this case a person’s left foot. The foot is cast in bronze and is wearing a sandal, although it does look like a modern day flip-flop! It has a hole so it can be hung up on a wall. 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:
A28797
type:
votive foot
taxonomy:
credit:
Sotheby's