Votive statue of woman and child, terracotta, probably Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE

Made:
200 BCE-200 CE in Italy
Votive statue of woman and child, terracotta, probably Roman, 200BC-200AD. Full view, black background.

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Votive statue of woman and child, terracotta, probably Roman, 200BC-200AD. Full view, black background.
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Votive statue of woman and child breastfeeding, terracotta, probably Roman, 200BC-200AD

Votive offerings are representations of body parts. They are usually presented at the shrine of a particular deity, either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. This terracotta statue features a seated woman breastfeeding a child. It may have been intended to ensure a safe delivery during childbirth.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A637005
type:
votive mother
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
  • votive offering
  • votive figure
  • votive offering
  • votive figure