Roman Votive Uterus
Roman Votive Uterus

Roman Votive Uterus

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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 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. 

Votive uteruses such as this one were a fairly common find and some of the examples, including one house in the British Museum, have a bead of clay applied to the inside wall of the uterus.  This bead is then sealed inside the votive when the back is attached hiding it from view, and we make sure we include this small but symbolically important detail in each of our replicas.  

Some votives have even been found to hold two beads of clay, if you have a specific number of beads that you would like added to represent you and your family then please let us know.  We would be happy to make one for you.  

 Materials

Terracotta

Dimensions

Approx. 155 mm high, 20 mm depth

Production

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 8000 & 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.

Postage
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