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

Votive male torso, Roman, 200BC-200AD.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Terracotta votive offering depicting a male torso, disected 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.

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