This replica is based on an example in the Roman Collection at the British Museum dated from the 3rd to 1st century BC. However, there are several different versions of individual breast votives from the ancient world, and they vary greatly in terms of design. This is probably due to the fact that individual potters were producing and selling their own versions throughout the empire. One thing is clear from the numbers found, they were a popular offering throughout the Roman world including as the Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidaurus.
Context 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 site as offering to the gods. 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.
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. 85 mm high, 125 mm diameter
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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