Terracotta votive scalp, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE

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Terracotta votive scalp, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE. Made from terracotta, this votive offering is in the shape of a scalp with hair. Anatomical votives such as this were left at healing sanctuaries and other religious sites as offerings to gods such as Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of medicine. It was intended either to indicate the part of the body that needed help or as thanks for a cure. This person may have had chronic headaches or hair loss. Incubation. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: yd7akrys.

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