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Case 5: Greek sanctuaries

Votive practice


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Ivory pin head

This tiny woman is the head of a dress pin, and may have been a dedication to Artemis at her sanctuary at Ephesos. Similar dedications, left at the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia in Sparta, are displayed in this case.

Production place: East Greece
Date: around  620–600 BC
Find spot: Sanctuary of Artemis, Ephesos, Asia Minor
Ivory

Object Number: GR.63a.1905

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Ram of Xenoklees

The inscription records that Xenoklees dedicated this to Poseidon ‘the Driver’. It may originally have accompanied a sacrifice to Poseidon of an actual ram.

Production place: the Peloponnese, possibly Laconia, Greece
Date: around  540–500 BC
Find spot: Said to have been found in Arcadia
Bronze (copper alloy)
Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Object Number: GR.4.1933

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