Votive right hand

1-400 CE in Roman Empire

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Bronze white hand with eye hole for suspension, Roman, circa 200AD (?). Graduated grey perspex background.
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Bronze right hand with eye hole for suspension, Roman, circa 200AD (?)

Votive offerings were made at the temple of a healing god such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine. The offerings were made in the hope of receiving a cure or as thanks for one. Votives were made in the shape of the affected or cured body part, in this case a person’s right hand. Cast in bronze, the votive has a hole so it can be hung up on a wall. Temples were often overcrowded with votives.

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Classical & Medieval Medicine
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votive offering
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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