Votive offering in the form of a breast
Votive breast, terracotta, Roman, 200BC-100
Votive offerings were presented to a god, either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. They were made in the shape of the afflicted body part, in this case a breast.
Made from bronze or terracotta, as in this case, a large range of different votive body parts were made and offered up in their thousands. Although it originated in earlier cultures, this practice became very popular in Roman Italy – particularly between the 400s and 100s BCE.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- votive breast
- votive offering
- votive figure
- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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