Banded agate ring stone


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

This banded agate ring stone represents Hermes wearing a chlamys, a winged cap and holding the kerykeion. The god is pulling a bearded figure from the ground, presumably a soul emerging from the shades. The image has been interpreted as a representation of Hermes in his role of Psychopompos (guide of the souls), escorting the souls of the dead to the banks of the River Styx.

Banded agate ring stone, Agate, banded, Italic

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