Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A superb bronze statuette of the messenger god Mercury (Greek Hermes) - cast with a very complete delineation of his mythological attributes. He stands in the nude displaying a contrapposto pose, holding a purse full of money in his right hand, and his herald's staff or caduceus in his left hand. As messenger of the gods he wears wings at the side of his cap or petasus. Due to his activities as messenger and guide, Mercury was a traveler who was never at rest. Note the drapery folds of his traveler’s cloak, a chlamys, hanging over his left forearm. Finally, a small creature sits by his right foot - perhaps a ram, one of the animals traditionally associated with Mercury. A truly exceptional example with rich green patina! Size: 2.625" H (6.7 cm); 3.875" H (9.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Littleton, Colorado USA collection
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