Votive male torso, Roman, 200BC-200AD.

Image number: 10284964

Votive male torso, Roman, 200BC-200AD.

Terracotta votive offering depicting a male torso, dissected to show the viscera (the large organs inside the body, including the heart, stomach, lungs and intestines), reputedly from the Isola Farnese, Italy. Votive offerings were gifts given to the gods in prayer. These would often be in the form or representation of the injured or diseased part of the body and would be left at the temple of a god.

Image number:
10284964
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 15:45
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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