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Terracotta votive offering in the shape of placenta, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE

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Glossary:

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.

Glossary: fertility

The natural capacity to give birth.

Glossary: placenta

The placenta is an organ, rooted to the lining of the womb, which links an unborn baby's blood supply to the mother’s. By linking to the mother's blood supply, the placenta carries out functions that the unborn baby cannot.