Roman votive terracotta face.

Made:
200 BCE-200 CE in Roman Empire

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Votive face, terracotta, painted features, probably Roman, 200CB-200AD, possibly with recent modification

Made from terracotta, this votive offering is in the shape of a face with painted features. Votive offerings were given to Greek and Roman healing gods such as Asklepios as a request or thanks for a cure. Votives are usually in the shape of the body part afflicted and give some indication as to what the person was experiencing. In this case, the face-shaped votive may indicate a skin condition. Most votives are made from terracotta but some are made from bronze, indicating a wealthy owner.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634923
type:
votive face
taxonomy:
  • votive offering
  • votive figure
  • votive head