Votive left eye

Made:
200 BCE-100 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown
Votive left eye, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD. Black background.

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Votive left eye, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD. Black background.
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Votive left eye, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD

Votive offerings were given to the gods either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one and were made in the shape of the afflicted body part – in this case a left eye. The original owner may have been experiencing blindness or infection. This example is made from bronze, the use of which may indicate a wealthy owner as most votives were made from terracotta.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634943
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
  • organ - animal material
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust