|ROMAN BRONZE ASKLEPIOS, GOD OF MEDICINE
The god of healing depicted wrapped in a himation, his muscular torso exposed, his curly hair bound with a fillet.
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.
Ca. 1st Century AD
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.)
Ex P.P. collection, California.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 45.