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Hygieia, goddess of health

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She wears a sleeveless chiton and an elaborately draped himation. The right hand holds the serpent; there is an object of irregular shape in the left, perhaps the remains of a phiale (patera). Hollow cast. Green patina. Label text: In antiquity, the snake was associated with the healing powers...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Paris. Said from Smyrna.); Anonymous Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA, May 10, 1906

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Anonymous gift

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 113; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).


Height: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World