Votive offering showing a mother breastfeeding a child, Roman, 300 BCE-100 CE
- 300 BCE-100 CE in Roman Empire
Votive figure, mother suckling infant, mother seated, terracotta, Roman, 300BC-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. This terracotta figure shows a mother breast feeding her child. The figure may have been given in thanks for the safe delivery of a child.
A large number of the votive offerings in the Wellcome collection are in the shape of reproductive organs, reflecting a society that placed great emphasis on fertility but which also ran great risks in pregnancy and childbirth.