Bronze herm

Greek, Arcadian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

The herm is a type of monument that takes its name from Hermes, the messenger god, who was also the protector of travelers, communities and houses, entrances and exits, as well as flocks. Herms were typically set up along thoroughfares and boundaries, at gates, and also at tombs. The region of Arkadia was rich in herds of sheep and goats. It is likely that this exceptionally fine bronze was dedicated at a sanctuary of Hermes.

Bronze herm, Bronze, Greek, Arcadian

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