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Roman Votive Arm
Roman Votive Arm
Roman Votive Arm
Roman Votive Arm
Roman Votive Arm

Roman Votive Arm

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Votive offerings in the form of human body parts have been found in their thousands across the ancient world.  These ritual objects were left at healing sanctuaries and religious sites as offering to the gods, most often to Asclepius the God of healing.  One presumption is that they were left in the hopes of conjuring divine intervention during instances of illness, injury and disease.  It is also thought that they may have been left as thanks after the event, in order to honour the Gods whose intervention was gratefully received.   This sort of expression of gratitude was common in the ancient world with statues, temples and monuments erected to give thanks to the God or Goddess who stepped in to ensure a battle was won, a fleet of ships were saved from a storm or a seat in office secured. 

Arms, legs, hands and feet where left in offering to the gods in the hope of, or as thanks for, healing. 

The effectiveness of these offerings is unknown but the popularity of them as a form of health care is undeniable.  I personally prefer to rely on the hard working folks of the NHS. 




Approx. 65 mm tall, 370 mm long, 105 mm wide


This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact.  It has been fired to a temperature of between 800 & 1000 Centigrade, to emulate the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is common with the original Roman Pottery and giving each piece it's unique character.

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