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. maker…