115 x 59 x 42 cm
early 20th century
The statue of the healing god Asclepius in Athens survived in a fragmentary state. The god turns slightly to the left and looks up. His wavy hair forms bangs above the forehead, he has a beard with curly locks, and a full moustache — this is the characteristic representation of father gods. The eyes were made of a different material, and were placed subsequently into the sockets. The piece, which was probably modelled after a statue from the fourth century BC, was created in the Hellenistic Period. It proves that the adaptation of famous artworks of the Classical period began well before the Roman Imperial period.