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A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF ASCLEPIUS
PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE PRIVATE COLLECTION
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF ASCLEPIUS

CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF ASCLEPIUS
CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.
8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high
Provenance
with Ariadne Galleries, New York, 1987.
Private Collection, New York, acquired from the above, 1990.

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Asclepius, the son of Apollo, was the god of medicine and healing in Greco-Roman mythology. He is characteristically depicted with thick, wavy locks and a full, curling beard. Interestingly, Asclepius shares many facial characteristics with representations of Jupiter. Both deities exhibit a serene demeanor that belies a paternal compassion fitting for these male divinities. For a similar representation of the god see no. 47 in B. Holtzmann, "Asklepios," LIMC, Vol II.

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