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Caduceus comprised by serpents tied in a Herakles knot, surmounted by busts of the Dioscuroi wearing Pilos-type helmets.


By date unknown: with Dr. Philipp Lederer, Berlin, Germany; 1930: acquired from Dr. Philipp Lederer by Wilhelm Horn, Berlin, Germany; 1959: by descent to the heirs of Wilhelm Horn; by 1987: consigned by the heirs of Wilhelm Horn to Christie, Manson, & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT; 1987: purchased by Dr. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, New York 10022 at Christie, Manson, & Woods, Ltd (Auction, Fine Antiquities, December 11 1987, lot 179); 1989: sold by Royal-Athena Galleries to Ronald L. Henry, Metamora, Michigan; 1990-1999: lent by Ronald L. Henry to Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; 2001: sold by Ronald L. Henry to Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg; 2009: gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, June 17, 2009

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg in memory of Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, about 1st–2nd century A.D.


Height: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World