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Head of Hygeia ( Health ) Statue

 

National Archaeological Museum, Athens. 360 B.C.

The woman's head depicted in this statue was the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek religion.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia  or Hygeia (Υγεία), was a daughter and attendant of the god of medicine, Asclepius and a companion of the goddess Aphrodite. Her sisters included Panakeia (All-Cure) and Iaso (Remedy). She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation and afterwards the moon. She also played an important part in her father's cult. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene".
Hygeia's opposite number were the Nosoi (Spirits of Disease). The Romans named her Salus.
Hygeia's primary temples were in Epidaurus, around 4th century B.C. ( were Asclepius temple was also worshiped at that time, ) Corinth, Cos and Pergamon.
In the original statue, the beautiful marble head from which this silver reproduction was made, has a divine sweetness and is thought to have been the work of Skopas, one of the three greatest sculptors of the 4th century B.C. It probably belonged to a statue which stood in the temple of Athena Alea at Tegea in the Peleponnese.

 

Size:

Height: approx. 9.2 cm ( 3.6 in. )
Width:  approx. 4 cm      ( 1.6 in. )

 

Material:

925 Sterling Silver

 

 
Data sheet
Article groupOrnaments
GenderFor Him or Her
DepictionMedical
Historic PeriodEra: Classical
MaterialSolid Sterling Silver

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