Decorating the portico to this plain building designed in 1930 by F.J. Osbourne, (1) this panel shows Aesculapius, the Greco-Roman god of medicine, bearded and seemingly winged, holding a caduceus, which is commonly confused with his proper attribute, a staff. He also holds a bowl from which a serpent drinks, which is more properly the attribute of Hygeia, the goddess of health who was believed to be Aesculapius's daughter and then later his wife. Earlier than Bloye's relief of Aesculapius on the Medical School, Vincent Drive, this panel is more simple representation carved in bold relief. Stylistically attributed to Bloye, (2) the details are clear and characteristically expressive, the deportment of hands and the overlapping layers of wings and robe are well carved, as is the name of the clinic below.
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