Copy of pocket medicine chest, original from Pompeii, 4 compartments, brass, caduceus on lid
The brass medicine chest has four separate compartments which would each have contained a different medical treatment. On the lid, a rod of Asklepios has been engraved. A caduceus is a snake entwined around a rod or staff. This is a symbol of medicine and is associated with the Greek and Roman healing god, Asklepios.
This is a copy of an original found at Pompeii in Italy. The original is at the Naples Museum in Italy.
- Science Museum, Journeys through Medicine: Henry Wellcome's Legacy
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
- Object Number:
- medicine chest
- furnishing and equipment
- furnishing - artefact
- case furniture
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.