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"French engraving " (see related A | B | C | D | E | F), 1806 by Ignoto (unkonw) Artisan

Two canonical representations of Esculap, Esculapius or Aesculapius as an older near nude pleasant man with generous hair and beard leaning on a simple staff sporting a single serpent (in contrast to the short hand-held fancy baton called Caduceus that Hermes or Mercury supporting two reptiles). Mercury stood for duality and his staff was magic as were his words or duplicitous diplomatic speaking. In modern times, Marshals are given a fancy stick or baton to denote their official authority. The little hooded boy is a symbol of youth, rejuvenation and hope shrouded in mistery.
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