Hygeia was the ancient Greek goddess of Health. Her sacred animal is a snake, depicted drinking from a cup held in her hand. Her Roman equivalent is Salus.
The bust of the goddess Hygeia with her gorgeous face and tender expression. In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia/Hygeia was the daughter of the god of medicine, Asclepius. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation and afterwards, the moon. She also played an important part in her father’s cult. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “hygiene”.
CONDITION: Very good condition. The item is described to the best of our knowledge. Please refer to the pictures and email me with any questions.
Ex Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.