The messenger god Hermes is represented in the so-called archaistic style, a retrospective manner that incorporated characteristics of Archaic Greek art of the sixth century B.C. into newly created figures and compositions. This is the most important archaistic relief in the collection.
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Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts. 1992. "La Chronique des Arts. Principales Acquisitions des Musée en 1992." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 119: no. 191, p. 39.
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