Copy of Roman pocket medicine chest

Made:
1901-1950 in Pompeii

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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.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A622299
Measurements:
overall: 26 mm x 155 mm x 64 mm, .21kg
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest