Statuette of Asclepius



Statuette of the god Asclepius, deriving from the Guistini type of Asclepius. The head and the body are unbroken, the limbs are restorations. The entwined snake is in the right hand and the left hand is raised holding an attribute. There is not much detail in the execution of the statuette. The mantle is worn with horizontal folds across the torso, a triangular apron between the legs and a long skirt and an overhang across the left shoulder. His sandals are distinct and there is tassel at the corner of the himation by the left foot. He has a chubby face, the hair of the crown and the beard is arranged in large clumps. He wears a thin band around his head and looks calm with a slight smile making him look friendly and accessible. The statuette was said to have been found outside one of the gates of Rome and was bought by Blundell from Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, a sculptor and restorer.