Statuette of Asklepios

Roman Imperiod Period
2nd century AD


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 096; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number

01.7484

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Bearded and long haired Asklepios, god of healing, wears full cloak (himation) over his bare torso–the heavy garment is wound around his waist and tucked under his right arm. Ornate openwork shoes of the type found on Hellenistic sculptures from Pergamon. The serpent-entwined staff still a symbol of the medical profession today is in his lowered left hand, and the right hand is on his hip.

The pose and drapery conform to the Hellenistic types of fourth and third century BC marble sculptures set up in the sanctuaries to Asklepios (e.g. Kos, Epidauros), Such small scale statuettes were offered as votives of thanks or in hopes of cures at healing sanctuaries through the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Dark green patina. The base is modern.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought (indirectly) from Furtwaengler); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution