Terracotta tongue and tonsils, Roman, 400 BCE-200 CE

Made:
400 BCE-200 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Votive tongue and tonsils, terracotta, Roman, 400BC-200AD

Objects like these were left at healing sanctuaries and other religious sites as offerings to gods such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of medicine. They were intended either as an indication of the part of the body that needed help or as thanks for a cure.

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.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634928
type:
votive offering
taxonomy: