Roman votive eyes and ears, bronze, 200 BC-100 AD.

Image number: 10284951

Roman votive eyes and ears, bronze, 200 BC-100 AD.

Natural and supernatural medicine existed side by side in Rome, as in ancient Greece. 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. The eyes and ears shown here may have been offered in the hope of a cure for blindness, deafness or perhaps earache.

Image number:
10284951
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 15:45
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Science Museum