Cosmas & Damian Poster
Saints Cosmas & Damian
Feast Day: September 26 (Eastern Church: July 1, October 17, & November 1)
Patrons of Physicians, Apothecaries, Surgeons, Chemists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Barbers, Hairdressers, Marital Harmony, The Blind Gaeta, and Italy
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Actual size: 12" x 18"
Some of the symbolic imagery:
Cosmas the physician and Damian the apothecary were twin brothers born in the third century AD in the Middle East, where they were called anargyroi, “the silverless” or “the unmercenaries” because they treated patients free of charge.
The brothers are approaching their home/practice after being out in the streets (notice the dirty, torn robes). Cosmas (holding the Staff ofAesculapius) offers his hand to an ailing man while Damian offers a medicinal plant. Inside, a bedridden patient can be seen. In the foreground is a lemon tree with a pair of nesting birds (symbolizing marital harmony). The dog symbolizes fidelity and compassion. A caduceus and mortar & pestle motifs are on the porch.
A beehive and bees, planter with aloe, an amphora, grapes, and an owl also symbolize various aspects of healing and wisdom.
A personal note: This Anachron has been years in the making - finally in September 2006, it has all come together. My grandfather was a physician and beekeeper who believed in the healing properties of honey. My grandmother, an RN, planted a lemon seed she found in glass of lemonade she had made for a patient (about 100 years ago!). It grew into a tree, and that same tree is now bearing fruit in my Michigan garden. My grandfather's rolltop desk (made by my great grandfather Joseph, a carpenter) is now an essential part of my studio. The dog is Kenai, granddog of Ruth (our rep), whose daughter Allison just became an MD -PB
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