The Caduceus, symbolic staff heralding the medical profession and emblem of the medical branches of the United States Army and Navy, was carried by ancient Greek ambassadors as a badge of office and a mark of personal inviolability. It is also mentioned in the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament. Originally the symbol of Hermes, the Messenger of the Gods, it was given to Hermes by Apollo in exchange for the lyre. It is also associated with the Roman God Mercury. The Staff of Aesculapius, the Greek god of Healing, is entwined by a single snake, is also called a caduceus.-

A cast pewter caduceus satin-finished and set on a silver mirror backdrop within our Victorian crystal and finely crafted traditional pewter base as "Desk Jewelry by Charles Hill". Richard D. Warner photograph.


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