Votive female viscera, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE
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 terracotta female torso is dissected to show the internal organs of the abdomen, especially the intestines, guts and reproductive organs. This object is believed to be part of a much larger votive.
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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.