Carnelian ring stone with Asclepius, the god of medicine

Period: Late Republican or Imperial

Date: ca. 1st century B.C.–3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Carnelian

Dimensions: Other: 7/16 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (1.1 x 1.5 x 0.3 cm)

Classification: Gems

Credit Line: Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881

Accession Number: 81.6.94


This Roman intaglio is engraved with the bust of Asklepios, the hero and god of healing. As on this gemstone, he generally appears as a mature, bearded man accompanied by a snake.