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Bronze statuette of Hermes seated on a rock

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Height: 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.202
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Adaptation of a Greek work of the 4th or 3rd century B.C.

Hermes was known to the Romans as Mercury. While his principal character is that of the divine herald, for which he is often represented with the kerykeion (herald's staff), here he holds a purse in his hand, indicating his role as the god of commerce.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Bronzes: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(3): pp. 74-5, fig. 7.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hermes, no. 962d, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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