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Figure of Hermes/Mercury

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3040, Figure of Hermes/Mercury, 1st - 2nd century AD

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Roman
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 13.2 x 8.5 x 4 cm

Known as Hermes to the Greeks and Mercury to the Romans, he is the messenger god. In his right hand he holds a pouch or moneybag, in his left there is a stump which must have held the 'kerykeion', a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents. The winged cap and sandals are also characteristic of Hermes, helping him in his role as messenger of the gods. He is linked to language and speech, and to the Egyptian god Thoth.

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