Votive male head

Made:
250-100 BCE in Italy and Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Votive male head, left side only, to be hung on wall, terracotta, probably Roman, 250-100 BCE.

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 votive offering shows a male head and the person making the offering may have been experiencing chronic headaches. Usually, it is difficult to tell what ailment the person was experiencing or how old they were.

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Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A635000
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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