Copy of Roman pocket medicine chest

Made:
1901-1950 in Pompeii
maker:
Unknown

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Copy of pocket medicine chest, original from Pompeii, 4 compartments, brass, caduceus on lid. Graduated matt black
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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.

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DisplayLocation:
Science Museum, Journeys through Medicine: Henry Wellcome's Legacy
Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A622299
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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