Votive pregnant female, 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 pregnant female terracotta figure, which unfortunately is missing its head and arms, suggests that a woman was hoping for the safe delivery of her child. This object is believed to be Roman.
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The condition of having a developing unborn embryo or foetus in the body. A human pregnancy is usually of 40 weeks gestation.
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.