The life-size leg is hollow moulded and naturalistically modelled, with the leg finishing just above the knee. The long toes are delineated and it stands on an integral plinth. A great deal of the red pigment still remains.
With W. Rosenbaum, Ascona, 1970s With Cahn AG, Basel, 2010 Swiss private collection
The practice of creating and dedicating anatomical renderings as votive offerings for dedication at sanctuaries, was widespread in ancient Etruria and Latium, evident from the seventh century BC onward. A variety of body parts were depicted, from arms and legs, hands and feet, ears, genitalia, and even internal organs. It was believed that the gods had an influence over personal health and as such, suppliants dedicated votive offerings of their afflicted body parts in hopes that they would then be cured of their ailments. For further discussion see J. Hughes, Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion, Cambridge, 2017.