ANCIENT GREEK ART COLLECTION
STATUETTE OF ASKLEPIOS
Asklepios is represented bearded and with long hair, leaning on a staff around which is coiled a snake, the attribute of the healing god. Son of Apollo, Asklepios appeared initially in Greek mythology as a mortal hero with remarkable therapeutic abilities, which extended even to resurrecting the dead.
He seems to have acquired a divine status only in the 6th c. BC, when the first Asklepieia (= sanctuaries of Asklepios) were founded, always in close association with the worship of Apollo. From the 5th c. BC the Asklepieia (with that at Epidauros foremost among them) developed into much-frequented places of cult and curing.
Characteristic feature of the Asklepieia was the "Enkoimeterion" or "Abaton", the sacred dormitory in which the sick slept, awaiting Asklepios to appear in their dreams in order to show them the means of therapy - a process known as incubation.
There was a great burgeoning of minor sculpture during Hellenistic times, when bronze statuettes of gods were mass-produced, usually copying renowned types of cult statues made by the great sculptors of the 4th c. BC. This particular figurine is thought to follow in general outline the type of a famous - but now lost - cult statue of Asklepios by the artist Bryaxis.
200 b.C. - 1 b.C.
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12.5cm X 3cm