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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1989A315
Collection:Ethnography - Europe
Date:1989 - 1989


Plaques similar to this one, known as 'tamata', are placed in churches in thanks by people who have been cured of sickness. They depict the part of the body that had been affected.This tradition has a very long history. During the Roman Empire models of body parts would be offered to the gods in the hope of divine intervention. They would be thrown into sacred pools or placed in shrines and temples.

Purchased from David J Symons, 1989.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:Rethymnon, Crete, Greece


Height:115 mm
Width:47 mm
Depth:3 mm