Votive Objects

Votive Objects

 

various objects that in ancient times were brought to a sacred place or, in later times, to a temple for the purpose of obtaining from a deity either healing or the satisfaction of a request; the objects were also brought to fulfill a vow. Suppliants hoping to get better, or in gratitude for a recovery, brought images of the stricken parts of the body or of the whole person; in other instances, images were brought of animals, birds, or any objects that suppliants either pledged as a sacrifice or desired to receive. Archaeological objects from the Neolithic period have been found that can be considered prototypes of votive objects. In the USSR a large number of votive objects were discovered during the excavations of an ancient place of sacrifice, the Gliadenovo Site (fourth century B.C. to the tenth century A.D.).

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Alabaster factfile ENGLISH alabaster was mined from Roman times and carved into statues, tombs and votive objects.
He rounds off the chapter with a series of short subheadings on aspects of religious practice at the site: the deity worshipped (Mastronuzzi argues that it was Demeter), sacrifices, libations, the preparation and consumption of food and drink, and the offering of votive objects.
Like Gimblett's quatrefoils with their exhilarating colors, these seemingly reductive black-and-white works are also votive objects through which one can access transcendence.
In this respect it was a perfect material for the production of votive objects meant for wide distribution and this exhibition included a few examples of a common type: the half-length Virgin and Child.
These votive objects were made in series and often went through many generations and sometimes travelled from one Etruscan centre to another through trade.
It includes objects in a variety of media--stone, terracotta, stucco, and metal--as well as of forms--narrative reliefs, cult images, votive objects and reliquaries, gold and silver ornaments and coins, ivory and bone pieces--that make this an exciting assemblage to suit all tastes.
One may say that these votive objects, in a special way, epitomized the relationship Nadelman maintained with the material world throughout his career.
Even more significantly, she draws from these votive objects fascinating conclusions about the relationship between state and popular cults.
Through this comprehensive activity based on a Folk art object, students investigate milagros both as religious votive objects and as charms or talismans.
For example, milagros--small votive objects that are testaments to a saint's effectiveness are found throughout Latin America and placed on altars in fulfillment of a promesa or vow.
For example, throughout Latin America milagros, small votive objects, are placed on altars in fulfillment of a vow.
Muisca metallurgists manufactured thousands of body ornaments and votive objects that were employed in a variety of social and ritual settings--most notably, ritual offerings aimed at marking special events and attracting divine assistance.