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Carnelian ring stone with Asclepius, the god of medicine

Period:
Late Republican or Imperial
Date:
ca. 1st century B.C.–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Carnelian
Dimensions:
Other: 7/16 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (1.1 x 1.5 x 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881
Accession Number:
81.6.94
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
This Roman intaglio is engraved with the bust of Asklepios, the hero and god of healing. As on this gemstone, he generally appears as a mature, bearded man accompanied by a snake.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 180, p. 113, pl. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 344, p. 80, pl. 45, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 344, p. 80, pl. 45, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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