Greek Goddess or Healing Hygea or Hygieia Statue with Caduceus
The Goddess of Health, Healing and Nursing
12 inches high x 3.25 inches x 3.25 inches
30.48 cm x 8.25 cm x 8.25 cm
Goddess Hygieia / Hygea / Hygiea
The daughter of Asclepios, the God of medicine, She was worshipped as the Goddess of Health. Her worship probably started in the 4th century at Epidauros in association with the great temple to Asclepios where thousands of infirm people came for medical assistance. The beautiful marble head from which the bust reproduction was made has a divine sweetness and is thought to have been the work of Skopas, one of the three greatest sculptors of the 4th century B.C. It probably belonged to a statue which stood in the temple of Athena Alea at Tegea in the Peleponnese.
The Caduceus she carries is an ancient Greek or Roman herald's wand, typically one with two serpents twined around it, carried by the messenger god Hermes or Mercury traditionally associated with healing.