Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The origin of the caduceus

buy print of 'The origin of the caduceus' at Fine Art America

This sizeable fragment of pottery from the Ubaid period of early Sumerian civilisation depicts what is thought to be a precursor to the well-known caduceus symbol. The central staff is absent, but the pair of serpents ambiguously intertwine and flow into what appear to be wings.

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