Etruscan Terracotta Votive Hand
An ancient Etruscan terracotta votive right hand with fingers extended. (included is a modern replica left hand to complete the pair).
Ca. 3rd - 2nd century BC.
From the 5th century BC onward the practice of leaving terracotta votive offerings in the sanctuaries (bothroi) of Etruria became more wide spread. Representations of all parts of the body are known. It is believed that these were left the intention of seeking a cure for an ailment specific to the anatomical model represented.
Formerly in a European private collection, acquired in the 1990's.