Votive statue of woman and child, terracotta, probably Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE
Votive offerings are representations of body parts. They are usually presented at the shrine of a particular deity, either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. This terracotta statue features a seated woman breastfeeding a child. It may have been intended to ensure a safe delivery during childbirth.
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A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.
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: votive child
An image of child or children used as a votive offering
Glossary: votive mother
An image of mother used as a votive offering