11 December 2003
A ROMAN BRONZE LID WITH ASKLEPIUS
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The rectangular sheet plaque finely incised with the healing god Asklepius, standing within a naos raised up above several steps, a mantle draped over his shoulders revealing his muscular torso, his wild hair encircled by a floral fillet, his serpent-entwined staff held in his lowered left hand, the naos elaborately decorated with birds atop the pediment, meander along the architrave, and vines spiraling the columns, with crosshatching below, the scene enclosed within a grooved rectangular frame, perforated twice toward the top for attachment to a "medical" box
4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) long
German Private Collection, early 1980s.
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For a medical box lid in Berlin, with almost identical iconography, see no. 151, p. 103 in Künzl, Medizin in der Antike.
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