Tamata - Greek Votive Offerings - Votive plaques

These votive plaques called tamata are used in Greece, particularly in the Greek Orthodox Church, as offerings to religious icons or saints in exchange for a prayer granted. The votive plaques come in a variety of images and each image symbolises the subject of prayer for which the plaque is offered. For example, the plaques shown with an image of a baby and a man and woman might symbolise a prayer for a child to be conceived and for a happy marriage. Similarly, the plaque with an image of a leg might symbolise a prayer for a leg ailment to be cured. These votive plaques are made from silver plated metal and were purchased for the museum's collection in Crete in 2007.
Production Date:
Late C20th
ID no:
Enfield Museum Service

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