Copy of pocket medicine chest, original from Pompeii, 4 compartments, brass, rod of Asclepius (Greek: Asklepios; Latin: Aesculapius) on lid, 1901-1950.
The brass medicine chest has four separate compartments which would each have contained a different medical treatment. On the lid, the rod of Asclepius has been engraved, consisting of a snake entwined around a rod or staff. This is a symbol of medicine, associated with the Greek and Roman healing god.
This is a copy of an original found at Pompeii in Italy. The original is at the Naples Museum in Italy.