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Made from terracotta, this votive offering is in the shape of a face with painted features. Votive offerings were given to Greek and Roman healing gods such as Asklepios as a request or thanks for a cure. Votives are usually in the shape of the body part afflicted and give some indication as to what the person was experiencing. In this case, the face-shaped votive may indicate a skin condition. Most votives are made from terracotta but some are made from bronze, indicating a wealthy owner.

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Glossary: votive offering

Objects or monuments donated by an individual for a public place or shrine. The object is usually given in gratitude for deliverance from distress.

Glossary: votive face

An image of a face or faces used as a votive offering