Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Bowl of Hygeia and the serpent of Wisdom.

The “Bowl of Hygeia” symbol is the most widely recognized international symbol of pharmacy. In Greek mythology, Hygeia was the daughter and assistant of Aesculapius (sometimes spelled Asklepios), the God of Medicine and Healing. Hygeia's classical symbol was a bowl containing a medicinal potion with the serpent of Wisdom (or guardianship) partaking it. This is the same serpent of Wisdom, which appears on the caduceus, the staff of Aesculapius, which is the symbol of medicine.


  1. Great post - very interesting. Is that the Nachash on the cup ?

  2. people say am the shiny serpent