MARBLE STATUETTE OF ASKLEPIOS, THE GOD OF HEALING
ROMAN, FIRST-SECOND CENTURY A.D.
Standing, his weight resting on his left leg, wearing a himation draped over one shoulder and under one arm, leaving the chest bare.
Height 36 cm.
Private collection, London, 1980s
London Art market, 1989
Jacques Carré, Belgium, 1989-2018
This Roman Imperial copy of a classical Asklepios type is preserved in many copies of a similar size and based on the Asklepios Giustini statue of the fourth century B.C., now in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The god appears usually as a bearded man, similar to Zeus, and holds a staff, often with a snake coiled about it.
For other examples see D. Boschung et al., Die antiken Skulpturen in Chatsworth, Mainz, 1997, p. 19, no. 4, pl. 4; C. Vorster, Katalog der Skulpturen, Vatican Museum, Mainz, 1993, no. 33, pp. 91-94, pls. 157-161; and S. Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 3, Paris, 1904, p. 12, nos. 1 & 2.