ANATOMICAL VOTIVES

Etruscan anatomical votives almost never depicted pathological conditions. They were likely offered in gratitude for the healing of afflictions.

I think about the votives that were made of wax, bread, fabric, that were placed into offering deposits and have since decayed, disintegrated and disappeared. The remains we have as evidence of these acts of devotion are most commonly made of clay. Offerings depicting hands, limbs, feet, eyes, ears, and an ox. Some have inscriptions and poems, communicating to their gods, speaking of farm work or caring for their livestock. The concerns and everyday lives of ordinary people who existed millenia ago still breathe through these remains and construct a cultural collective memory. My anatomical votives are speaking to them and to the future.





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