Roman votive viscera and two pregnant figures.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Natural and supernatural medicine existed side by side in Rome, as in ancient Greece. Votive offerings, gifts given to the Gods in prayer, were often sculptures representing the sick part of the body - as in the case of the abdominal organs shown here - that were left at the temple of a god. The two figurines, both 14cm tall, were probably offerings from women hoping to become pregnant.