Roman Bronze Mercury Statue

$3,480.79

An extremely fine Roman bronze statue of the god Mercury standing with a chlamys draped over his left shoulder. Both arms are slightly extended outwards with his right hand holding his purse. The facial features have been carefully rendered, on top of Mercury’s head sits a winged petasos and he wears the talaria. The deity stands on a square pedestal decorated with vertical grooves and four small feet.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd century AD
Condition: Excellent condition

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Mercury, Mercurius in Latin, was a major component of the Ancient Roman pantheon. Commonly identified with the Ancient Greek god Hermes, his cult has a long tradition, with the earliest evidences of his name found on Linear B tables dating to the 15th – 13th century BC. As messenger and herald, Mercury/Hermes features in several mythological episodes, such as the killing of Argos. His representations in Roman art derive from the Greek tradition, maintaining Hermes’ attributes such as the winged sandals (talaria) and hat (petasos). His tale tell signs of the caduceus and purse symbolise the link that the god has to commerce but also thievery.

To find out more about Roman gods, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Gods in Mythology.

Weight 158.3 g
Dimensions W 5 x H 13.5 cm
Culture

Metal

Region

Roman Mythology

Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1851,0813.11

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