11 June 2003
A ROMAN BRONZE FIGURE OF HYGEIA
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The daughter of the god Asklepius and personification of health depicted wearing a long chiton that fans out at the hem, a himation wrapped around her body and drawn up to veil the back of her head, standing with her head turned to her left, holding an egg in her left hand which she offers to her father's healing serpent that coils around her right arm, on the original square plinth with projecting moldings above and below
4½ in. (11.4 cm) high
Acquired by the previous owner in 1988
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For a closely related example see no. 113 in Comstock and Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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