Figurines or everyday objects presenting body parts are commonly known as anatomical votives. These votives are displayed in many forms and materials and depict a wide variety of ailments, like this fine example. In the ancient Greek tradition, people dedicated them to the god of medicine Asclepius or goddess of health Hygeia, in the hope of being relieved of pain and illness.
Ancient Greek Hellenistic Terracotta Vessel in form of a Leg
An ancient Greek Hellenistic terracotta vessel, probably a cup, modelled in the shape of a leg bent at the knee. The basin of the vessel resembles a swollen thigh whist the calf and foot act as the handle, suggesting a lymphedema medical diagnosis. A type of footwear is also visible, represented by a raised ridge across the ankle.
The piece is supplied with a custom-made stand.
Provenance: Ex Dr. Richard Jaffe collection, Jerusalem.
Condition: Fine condition with earthly encrustations to the surface. Signs of wear consistent with age.