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.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- medicine chest
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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