A Rod of Asclepius with a friendly embracing snake, in hopes of healing.

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes completed Sept 2021The Rod or Staff of Asclepius is a symbol of medicine and healing.

A snake twines around a wooden staff, borne by Asclepius. The Greek god Asclepius was sacred to physicians; his daughters include Hygieia, Panacea, Aceso and Iaso, all associated with healing and recuperation.

In Germany, you see the Rod of Asclepius everywhere on medical facilities. Our doctor has a logo that uses the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV tower) as the rod!

The Caduceus, with two snakes, is often used instead, mistakenly.

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes Sept 2021This is the first snake embroidery I‘ve ever made!

Sewn with love and attention and hope for healing onto deaths-head moth and roses velvet fabric from a Killstar dress I bought to cut up and make creepy things from 🙂

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes Sept 2021 detail

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