Sacrifice is Precious.

Sacrifice is Rare.

Sacrifice makes us Human.

Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of a more worthy purpose.

One of the most primordial, timeless values of human kind is our innate need and desire to help each other. This comes in many forms including personal sacrifices for others, sacrifices for divine purposes and our own daily self sacrifices.

It is powerful to think that, across time and context,  people have had the capacity of enduring suffering, pain, renunciation, hard work… for the benefit and purpose of an ultimate cause. Perhaps, the very thing that distinguishes humans from other living creatures is our will, and our ability of becoming martyrs, in our own special ways.

What sorts of connections do YOU think exist between people and sacrifice? 

With our objects, we will explore three themes of sacrifice:

  1. The sacrifice of healing & medicine
  2. Human sacrifice hidden in the materiality of objects 
  3. Self-sacrifice for religion


Before you proceed, we would like to caution that we are addressing sensitive thematics and are displaying images of human remains. This virtual exhibition has a purely educative purpose, and our team attempted to remain as much objective and factual as possible. 

How do I navigate the exhibition?

Click the button above. Use arrows on either side of the page to navigate through the items. You will find additional information on the theme of sacrifice on the objects’ page, or alternatively use the buttons below to read directly about the themes. 

Who is the intended audience?

While we welcome visitors of any age to use this online exhibition, we designed the exhibition specifically with UCL students in mind. They are the ones who can visit the objects most easily on campus and fully understand the complexities of this theme. However,  everyone is welcome to learn something new!

Where can I find the copyright information & disclaimers?

Click here to find our copyright information.

Who is behind the exhibition & where are your sources?

Click here to read about our team and access our sources.