Roman Gold Ring: Carnelian Intaglio of Asclepius
An ancient Roman gold finger ring set with a carnelian intaglio of Asclepius, God of Medicine, wearing a himation, holding a patera, and leaning upon a staff with snakes.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd 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.
Formerly in a German private collection.