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Salus

Object Details

Title:

Salus

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Date:

first half of 2nd century A.D.

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

96.AB.195.2

Dimensions:

16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Object Description

Salus (Greek: Hygieia) was the daughter of Asclepius, the god of healing and medicine; her name in both Greek and Latin translates as health. Here, she holds one of her father's healing snakes coiled around her arm and wears many layers of garments. Over a thin chiton with button sleeves is a peplos, and over that, a himation. The goddess’s hair is swept back from her face and the top section is tied in a bowknot over her forehead. The rest is drawn loosely back and then confined by a wide band or abbreviated head-cloth. It emerges in a pony tail of curls high on the back of the head. Other locks escape in studied disorder at the neck. The statuette is probably a small-scale version of a Hellenistic statue, replicas of which are known in varying scales and media.

The figure was probably made as a pair with another of her father [96.AB.195.1].  Both would have served as votive offerings or objects of devotion in a household shrine.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1988

Robin Symes (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1988.

by 1994 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
Bibliography
Bibliography

True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), pp. 298-301, cat. no. 156; ill. pp. 299, 301.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 66.

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 70, fig. 110.

Sofroniew, Alexandra. Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 104-105, fig. 55.