This is the staff carried by Mercury, “the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead, and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars, and thieves.”
I found it interesting when doing research on this symbol, that it has nothing to do with medicine, the correct symbol would be the Rod of Asclepius. Which is one snake coiling a branch (don’t worry, I’ll l make one of those soon). ~
I made this piece a while ago, but just as a sculpture thingy. This month though @metalsmithsociety did a #metalsmithchallenge to make a hairpin, and that made me realize this things purpose, So I soldered the snakes to the pole solid so that it don’t get all grabby grabby with hair.