Asclepius, the son of Apollo, was the god of medicine and healing in Greco-Roman mythology. He is characteristically depicted as a more mature man with thick, wavy locks and a full, curling beard. Here, however, the god is represented at a younger age, with rounder youthful features, no beard and shorter locks of tight curls tied by the corona tortilis. For another example of a younger Asclepius wearing the twisted fillet cf. no. 30 in B. Holtzmann, "Asklepios," LIMC, Vol II.