"stolen from the shrine of Aesculapius at Agrigentum"
Aesculapius (the Greek Asclepius
) was the son of Apollo and a god of healing. His shrines and sanctuaries were places that the sick would visit in the hope of a cure, sometimes offering small votive gifts in the shape of their afflicted body part. Aesculapius’ symbol, a snake-entwined staff, is sometimes still used as a symbol of medicine today.