The head and upper torso of this colossal work are preserved without the arms. The luxuriant hair forms a quiff above the forehead, and the head is turned to the left and tilted upwards. The beard is worked in rough curls and the thick moustache forms a characteristic circle around the mouth. The eyes were made of a different material and inlaid.
This is a Hellenistic work of the 2nd Century BC, repeating a statue of Asklepios made by Skopas in the second half of the 4th Century BC.
Asclepius or Hepius is a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology.