Votive female head

Made:
200 BCE-100 CE in Roman Empire and Italy

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Votive female head, back not modelled, terracotta, possibly Italian, Roman or Etruscan, 200BCE-100CE

Votive offerings were presented to a god, either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. The offerings were made from marble, bronze or terracotta in the shape of the afflicted body part. This terracotta votive shows a female head – the person making the offering may have had chronic headaches. Usually, it is difficult to tell what ailment the person was experiencing or how old they were.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634999
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust