Medical Insignia

$25.00

The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology and consequently by Hermes Trismegistus in Greco-Egyptian mythology.
The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera.
It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings.
In Roman iconography, it was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead, and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars, and thieves.

Some accounts suggest that the oldest known imagery of the caduceus have their 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. to 3000 B.C.

As a symbolic object, it represents Hermes (or the Roman Mercury), and by extension trades, occupations, or undertakings associated with the god. In later Antiquity, the caduceus provided the basis for the astrological symbol representing the planet Mercury. Thus, through its use in astrology, alchemy, and astronomy it has come to denote the planet and elemental metal of the same name. It is said the wand would wake the sleeping and send the awake to sleep. If applied to the dying, their death was gentle; if applied to the dead, they returned to life.

By extension of its association with Mercury and Hermes, the caduceus is also a recognized symbol of commerce and negotiation, two realms in which balanced exchange and reciprocity are recognized as ideals. This association is ancient, and consistent from the Classical period to modern times.
The caduceus is also used as a symbol representing printing, again by extension of the attributes of Mercury (in this case associated with writing and eloquence)

 

This Garment comes in Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2 XL and 3 XL as standard sizes.
Additional sizes are available on request, as are most conventional Tee Shirt colours.
However initially we are only stocking black or white Tee Shirts, so allow an extra couple of days for changes to our standard range.

Ethically produced garments from “Fair Trade” suppliers “Gildan”.

  • Deluxe 30’s Softstyle yarns.
  • Seamless twin needle 3/4″ collar.
  • Taped neck and shoulders.
  • Rolled forward shoulders for better fit.
  • Twin needle sleeve and bottom hem.
  • Quarter turned to eliminate centre crease.
  • Sedex approved supplier.

Please take note.

Washing Instructions

Machine wash warm.
Turn inside out, with like colours to wash.

Only use non-chlorine bleach.
Tumble dry medium.
Do not iron if decorated.
Do not dry clean

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Do you know anyone working in the medical field or about to graduate.

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Colour Variations

White Tee Shirt, Black Tee Shirt

Size

Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2 XL, 3 XL

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