|ROMAN BRONZE ASKLEPIOS
The god of healing, depicted wrapped in a himation, his muscular torso exposed, his curly hair bound with a fillet.
His right hand at his waist and at his left leans on a staff entwined with a snake.
1st-2nd Century AD
H. 4 1/4 in. (11 cm.)
Ex K.G. collection, acquired in Germany in the 1990s.
This sculpture is probably based upon the cult statue at Epidaurus, the center for his worship. Born a mortal, educated by the centaur Cheiron, he became so skilled in the art of medicine that he was said to be able to raise the dead. For this impiety Zeus slew him with a thunderbolt. Sometime after his death, at the command of Apollo and the Moirai (Fates), Asklepios was returned from Hades and apotheosized into a god.