Caduceus

Roman
Imperial Period
about 1st–2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2538

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Caduceus comprised by serpents tied in a Herakles knot, surmounted by busts of the Dioscuroi wearing Pilos-type helmets.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Dr. Philipp Lederer, Berlin, Germany; 1930: acquired from Dr. Philipp Lederer by Wilhelm Horn, Berlin, Germany; 1959: by descent to the heirs of Wilhelm Horn; by 1987: consigned by the heirs of Wilhelm Horn to Christie, Manson, & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT; 1987: purchased by Dr. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, New York 10022 at Christie, Manson, & Woods, Ltd (Auction, Fine Antiquities, December 11 1987, lot 179); 1989: sold by Royal-Athena Galleries to Ronald L. Henry, Metamora, Michigan; 1990-1999: lent by Ronald L. Henry to Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; 2001: sold by Ronald L. Henry to Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg; 2009: gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, June 17, 2009

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg in memory of
Cornelius C. Vermeule III