Caduceus

Greek
Archaic Period
about 530 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 646; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 39.3 × 7 × 1.8 cm (15 1/2 × 2 3/4 × 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7501

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

In the bronze top, rams’ heads face each other after joining in a square knot and forming a loop which springs from a lotus palmette above two turned knobs with a tubular shaft between. The iron shaft or rod extends from this. The iron shaft is badly corroded and the bronze top is somewhat corroded. Light green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; by 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, 1900, lot 598, partial); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution