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Collection: Wellcome Collection

Subjects

Period:

Antiquity

Place:

Italy

Content Type:

Museum Object

Votive eyes

This is an image from BCH_images_wellcome_L0058434

This is an example of a votive offering, given to the gods in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. Votive offerings were made in the shape of the afflicted body part, in this case – a pair of eyes that could have been experiencing blindness or infection. The use of bronze indicates a wealthy owner.

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