Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hygieia has quite commonly come down to us in classical sculpture, even thou I must admit that I only can reckon two museums where I've seen such pieces. She is portrayed as a virgin with a kind face expression, in a long robe with a snake which she is feeding from a bowl.

Hygieia from Zappeion, Athens, of the Hope type. From the second century AD, copy of a Greek original from the third century BC.

Hygieia from Epidaurus, no dating was offered but you can clearly see the snake, which is why I uploaded this shot.

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