Painted carved wood Pediment from a Pharmacy in Italy, which incorporates the traditional pharmacists' symbols dating back to Ancient Greece,- the 'Rod of Aesculepius' usually depicted as a staff surrounded by two snakes, beneath the helmet of Hermes (refer to Wikipaedia for full history)
Circa 1890- 1910, in good condition with some wear, the interlocking snake bodies depicted are imaginatively carved with two upper snake heads meeting beneath the helmet and the two lower at the base flanking a vessel.
The missing clock which would have been set into the center of the pediment, has been replaced with an antique style mirror glass, giving this unusual piece a practical and imaginative use.
Maximum width 31 inches x 31 high
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