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Head of Asklepios

Asklepios was the god of medicine and healing, and his cult was popular throughout Classical and Hellenistic Greece, especially in Asia Minor and the Aegean islands.

This particular head was found on one of those islands, Melos. Its size suggests that it was part of a colossal sculpture, perhaps the cult statue in Asklepios’s sanctuary

Parian marble
Location of Original: 

London, British Museum 550


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 259 (n.3), pl. 95.2
Smith: Catalogue of British Museum Sculpture I (1892), 289-
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 90, no.488

325-300 BCE

Found in Melos in the shrine of Asklepios

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