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Hygieia, goddess of Health and Hypnos, god of sleep

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Statuette of Hygieia and Hypnos. With her right hand the goddess supported the body of a snake, which stretched itself in front of her body to take an egg from Hygieia's left hand. A support for the missing body of the snake can be seen on her belly. The infant Hypnos, who has wings like...

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Provenance

By 1968: with André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., 41 East 57th Street, New York (Art of the Ancients, New York, February 7 - March 13, 1968, no. 59 [said to be from Asia Minor and from the art market in Switzerland]); by 1968: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Sotheby & Co. auction, November 26, 1968, lot 172); by 1973: Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Estate; bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, February 13, 1974

Credit Line

Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, Antonine, about A.D. 140–190

Place of Manufacture

Asia Minor (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 191; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 64.5 cm (25 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1974.131

Medium or Technique

Marble from Dokimeion (modern Afyon) in west-central Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture