Votives for Uterine Pain

Part of my fascination with uterine votives began with images of uteruses in Italy (see Helen King’s short piece HERE), but was reinvigorated with an article in Ex Voto on how uterus votives were often in the guise of toads (Kröte). See: “Procreative Giving: Votive Wombs and the Study of Ex-Votos” [link in title] by Ittai Weinryb in Ex Voto: Votive Giving Across Cultures (New York: Bard Graduate Center, 2016).

More than toads, I am interested in uterine pain being embodied in spiky, sea urchin-like Stachelkugeln. I include a few examples below:

 

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