Votives eyes, Roman, 200 BCE-100 CE

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Votives eyes, Roman, 200 BCE-100 CE. Votive offerings were given to the gods either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one and were made in the shape of the afflicted body part – in this case a person’s eyes. They may have been experiencing blindness or infection. This example is reputedly from the Roman Empire and is made from bronze. The use of bronze may indicate a wealthy owner as most votives were made from terracotta. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: mhvdcup8.

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