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  • Lori-Ann Touchette

Villa Giulia Museum

Several large-scale terracotta seated statues and busts of Demeter and Kore from the sanctuary of Demeter in Ariccia were treated in an earlier post. More common however were small-scale images of deities and anatomical terracottas.

The Villa Giulia Museum has a number of particularly intriguing examples of wombs that were dedicated in the sanctuaries of Etruscan goddesses. The terracotta models were presented as a prayer or thank offering for female fertility and the successful completion of pregnancy. Male genitals were also common dedications.

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