Votive offering, hair and scalp
- 100 BCE-79 CE
Votive scalp with hair, bronze, reputedly from Pompeii, 100BC-79AD
This votive offering is in the shape of a scalp with hair. Anatomical votives such as this were left at healing sanctuaries and other religious sites as offerings to gods such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of medicine. It was intended either to indicate the part of the body that needed help or as thanks for a cure.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- votive hair
- votive offering
- votive figure
- votive head
- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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