Roman Marble Asclepius and Hygeia

 

Roman Marble Asclepius and Hygeia

An ancient Roman statuette group of the god Ascelpius with his daughter Hygeia and her younger brother Telesphorus. Asclepius, the god of medicine stands to the right of Hygeia draped in a himation holding his snake-entwined staff.

Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 11 3/4 in. (30 cm).
Intact.

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.

Formerly in the Dr. J. Prinscott collection, Rhode Island, 1998.

Inv#: 6395

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