A trompe l’oeil miniature on ivory in a beautifully chased pinchback frame; a marble bust against a wooden background representing Hygeia, daughter of Asklepius, goddess of good health, cleanliness and sanitation. Hygeia played an important part in her father's cult. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene". Her symbol is the snake, just as her father.
Signed and dated: M.A. Nichols (1838-1851), England, 1846.