Pair of golden earrings with a cameo made of layered agate showing a gorgoneion. Roman, 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
Wooden medicine cabinet. Gallo-Roman Civilization.
Medicine box. Roman ivory box with six compartments, originally for keeping pills and salves, dated ca 400 CE, with sliding lid featuring Asclepius holding a book in his left hand, and a erpententwined staff in his right hand. The box was discovered in 1943 in the sepulchrum of the main altar of the Cathedral of Chur, Switzerland, where it served as a reliquary.
Asclepius was a god of medicine & healing in ancient Greece, who represents the healing aspect of the medical arts. His daughters are Hygieia/Hygiene, goddess of health & sanitation, Iaso, goddess of recuperation, Aceso, goddess of the healing process, Aglæa, goddess of beauty & adornment & Panacea, goddess of universal remedy. He was one of Apollo’s sons, sharing with him the epithet Paean (“the Healer”). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today.