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Votive male head, Roman, 250 BCE-100 BCE

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 votive offering shows a male head and the person making the offering may have been experiencing chronic headaches. Usually, it is difficult to tell what ailment the person was experiencing or how old they were.

Object number:

A635000

 

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.