Model of a Right Foot

Unidentified Artist4th century BCE - 2nd century BCE

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

The mold-made votive includes only the ankle and foot, along with a sole-like base that follows the outlines of the foot. The toes are elongated and have modeled toenails.

This foot was not originally part of a larger statue. It was instead molded separately, probably in order to serve as a votive object in a sanctuary. Such anatomical votives are thought to have had a connection to healing. A worshipper might dedicate a votive body part to request that the corresponding part of his or her own body be cured, or as a thank-offering after being restored to health.

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  • Title: Model of a Right Foot
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Date: 4th century BCE - 2nd century BCE
  • Technique: Mold-made
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.9 x h4.8 x d4.4 cm
  • Period: Iron Age
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
  • Creation Place: Europe/Ancient & Byzantine World
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Terracotta