Glykon

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 128; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.986

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Glykon, the human-headed or human-faced serpent, is coiled on itself, head erect and frontal. Dark green patina.
In the second century, a magician of Asia Minor exhibited a human-headed serpent named Glykon as a reincarnation of Asklepios, god of healing.

Provenance

By 1903: with E. P. Warren (bought in London from Ready, who had said that he bought it from a Greek dealer and that it came from Athens); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900