About this artwork
This precious bronze object is a votive, or devotional gift, made as an offering to the gods. They come in many forms, such as animals, beads and brooches. Many seem once to have been attached to something else. Votiveswere hung from sacred trees or placed in sanctuaries around Greece. Once a shrine was full, the votives were ceremonially buried to make room for more offerings.
- Ancient Greek
- Leech Fibula (Brooch)
- 800 BCE–700 BCE
- 4.2 × 5.1 × 2.0 cm (1 5/8 × 2 × 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander