Relief depicting eyes and accentuated lids. It was found in the Sanctuary of Asklepios. On its underside a joint facilitated its adjustment over a stele or other kind of base.
It is one of the innumerable votives to Asklepios offered to the god by patients either with the hope that he would cure their affected bodypart, in this case the patient’s eyes, or to express their gratitude for having being healed.
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