Roman Marble Torso of Asclepius
An ancient Roman marble torso of Asclepius. The god of medicine is depicted with his himation over his left shoulder and wrapped around his waist exposing his robust chest.
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Asclepius was the ancient Greek god of medicine. As a son of Apollo he shared his father's healing aspects. The snake entwined staff of Asclepius, remains a symbol of medicine today. Ancient Greek doctors were known as the Therapeutae of Asclepius.
cf.: B. Holtzman, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, vol. II, (1984), nos. 332 and 341.
Formerly in a private collection, Windfelder am See, Germany, 1980's.