Votive offering, hair and scalp

Made:
100 BCE-79 CE in Italy

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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.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634931
Measurements:
overall: 66 mm x 105 mm x 71 mm, .28 kg
type:
votive hair
taxonomy:
  • votive offering
  • votive figure
  • votive head
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust