Votive pregnant female, Roman, 100 BCE-200 CE

Made:
100 BCE - 200 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Votive pregnant female figure, torso only, terracotta, said to have been found in Suffolk, Roman, 100BC-200AD

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 pregnant female terracotta figure, which only shows the torso, suggests that a woman was hoping for the safe delivery of her child – notice how her hands are protecting her body. This votive was reputedly discovered in Suffolk, England, and is said to be of Roman origin.

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Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634992
type:
votive offering
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status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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