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Roman votive offering in form of leg

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Roman votive gift in the form of a leg
Roman votive offering in form of leg

Roman votive offering in the form of a leg. Object dated to the 1st – 3rd century CE; made of terracotta.

Ancient Romans had the habit of folding terra-cotta objects that simulated animals, human (including babies) or body parts. Most often, however, copies of the head, arms or legs were put on the altars – suppose that those parts of the body were mostly “sick” or damaged. Grateful people put up such an exemption in the temples of deities, which were supposed to take care of their health.

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