Roman Bronze Asclepius
An ancient Roman bronze statuette of Asclepius, the god of medicine, bare-chested wrapped in a himation and leaning on a staff entwined by a serpent; standing on a cylindrical plinth.
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.
Formerly in a German private collection.