Hygieia, goddess of health

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 113; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.2372

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

She wears a sleeveless chiton and an elaborately draped himation. The right hand holds the serpent; there is an object of irregular shape in the left, perhaps the remains of a phiale (patera). Hollow cast. Green patina.

Label text:
In antiquity, the snake was associated with the healing powers of the earth.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Paris. Said from Smyrna.); Anonymous Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA, May 10, 1906

Credit Line

Anonymous gift