Uterus as a toad


around 1900



In popular medicine the female uterus was taken for a toad for long time, living as an animal in the bellow of the woman. It could be kind as a young lamb, but occasionnally it tourned feroceous as a lion, biting the woman from the inner.


In southern Germany women then said "the toad is angry, y have to give him food".


Votive toad were offered in sanctuarys of Our Lady, imploring Maria to heal a female sickness or help to have a baby.


Our votive wax toad comes from Munich, from Mathias Ebenboeck working around 1900.