'Aesculapius', shell cameo

'Aesculapius', shell cameo

'Aesculapius'
Shell cameo
Italy
About 1850
Probably Helmet shell (Cassis madagascariensis)
Museum no. A.38-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

Aesculapius was the Greek god of medicine. He is shown with his traditional attribute of a staff with a serpent coiled around it.