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Left half of a a terracotta female head, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE

Votive offerings were made at the temple of a healing god such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine, in the hope of receiving a cure or as thanks for one. Made from terracotta, this shows the left side of a woman’s head. She may have been experiencing chronic headaches.

Object number:

A635639

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Glossary:

Glossary: head

The part of the body that contains the brain, organs of sight, hearing, smell and taste.

Glossary: votive offering

Objects or monuments donated by an individual for a public place or shrine. The object is usually given in gratitude for deliverance from distress.