The inspiration for this piece came from the Hermetic symbol of the Caduceus. The ancient symbol has its roots in a Mesopotamian origin with the Sumerian god Ningishzida whose symbol, a staff with two snakes intertwined around it, dates back to 4000 B.C. The same staff was also borne by mythic heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera as well as most famously with Hermes in Greek mythology or Hermes Trismegistus in Greco-Egyptian mythology. It is associated with commerce, communication, and protection. In modern times it has seen its meaning change to a symbol of healing and health care, often used by doctors and hospitals.
It was made with a laser cutter using 1/4 birch plywood which is then stained and glued together. Every piece will vary slightly in color due to the use of natural materials.
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