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Votive offering, uterus septus - ROM2010_11485_69


Votive offering, uterus septus

Medium:Earthenware, moulded
Geography: Etruria, Italy
Date: about 250 BC
Period: Etruscan
Object number: 2002.95.4014
Credit Line: The T.G.H. Drake Collection. Gift of the Academy of Medicine, Toronto, and the University Health Network
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

Twins were thought to be born from a "uterus septus."

The purpose of offering body parts at a shrine was to seek help from a deity to alleviate an afflicted organ or region of the body. This Etruscan tradition continued into the Roman Republican era, reflecting the lasting influence of Etruscan religion in Rome.

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