The figure is Aesculapius, son of Apollo and Coronis, and the most important Roman god of healing. He wears a travellers' cloak and leans on his wooden staff, his 'attribute', that symbolizes the support he gave to the sick. Traces of a snake entwined around the staff can be seen. A snake is a symbol of restored youth and vitality (it regularly sheds it skin and appears to be born again). The staff of Aesculapius with a coiled snake has became the symbol of the modern medical profession. This is the first figurine of Aesculapius to have been found in Britain.