Votive male genitalia

Made:
200 BCE-400 CE in Roman Empire
Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. Black background. Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. SCM - Classical & Medieval Medicine Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. SCM - Classical & Medieval Medicine

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Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. SCM - Classical & Medieval Medicine
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman. SCM - Classical & Medieval Medicine
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman

Votive offerings were given to the gods either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one and were made in the shape of the afflicted body part. The votive marble penis and testicles may have been given in thanks for a cure for impotence or infertility.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A641287
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
credit:
Gorga, Evangelista