Pair of votive breasts, marble [Λ 829]

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Αρχείο της Εφορείας Αρχαιοτήτων Χανίων

Bibliographic Citation

Β.Νινιού-Κινδελή, Στοιχεία από το δυτικό νεκροταφείο της Απτέρας: Η περίπτωση ενός ταφικού συνόλου, Κρητική Εστία, περίοδος Δ -΄τόμος 12 (2007-08) Χανιά 2008, 53-98.

Provenance

Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Χανίων

Abstract

Μαρμάρινο ομοίωμα γυναικείου στήθους σε ορθογώνια βάση.

Medium

Μάρμαρο

Temporal Coverage

1ος αι. μ.Χ.
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Votive female breasts on a high rectangular base. The material that this votive offering is made of, is white marble. The rendering of the model is naturalistic. In this case, “Breast asymmetry” is defined as a difference of form, position and volume of the breast. The plastically rendered nipples are placed unsymmetrical. The significance of the model is not clear. This type of find have been identified either as weights or as votive offerings. Weights in the shape of breasts were rare, but they do occur. Archaeologists have recovered at the healing shrines thousands of anatomical votive reliefs; these artifacts were dedicated by grateful patients for the healing of the body part which they received at the god’s sanctuary. Votive replicas of body parts have been found at the various Asclepian healing centers and other divine cult places. This find comes from the west cemetery of the ancient city of Aptera and is dated to the first century AD.
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