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Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing and is shown here wearing a wreath, dressed in a long robe, with his staff in hand with snake around it. Bargrave recorded that the statuette was found in temple ruins near the River Tiber, "dugg out of the ruins of his temple in the island of the river of Tyber, where now standeth the hospital of St. Bartholomey" and was "very ancient". Tradition has it that the remains of St Bartholomew were buried in the Christian church in the 10th century on the site where the later hospital was established.