Votive offering in the form of human teeth
Votive teeth, terracotta, Roman, 200BC-200AD
Objects like 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.
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. The donor of this votive may have been experiencing toothache.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
- Object Number:
- votive tooth
- votive offering
- votive figure
- votive head
- votive face
- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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