Votive vulva

Made:
200-200

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Votive vulva, terracotta, Etrusco-Roman, 200BC-200AD

Votive offerings such as this were left at healing sanctuaries and religious sites across the ancient world. They were intended either to indicate the part of the body that needed help or as thanks for a cure. The owner of this votive offering may have been seeking divine help for fertility or protection during childbirth.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A636056
type:
votive viscera
taxonomy:
  • votive offering
  • votive figure
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust