Votive left arm, Roman, 200 BCE-100 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 example shows a left arm made from bronze. It is believed to be Roman. It is unclear what the devotee may have been experiencing. The use of bronze may indicate a wealthy owner as most votives were made from terracotta.
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The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the hand
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.