Roman Bronze Mercury
An ancient Roman bronze statuette of Mercury. The youthful nude deity wears a winged cap and has a mantle draped over this left shoulder. He once held a caduceus and a money bag.
Ca. 1st - 3rd century AD.
Mercury (Greek: Hermes) was a pastoral divinity dating to the earliest Greek legends. He was the messenger and herald of the gods. He was also the patron of travelers, merchants, shepherds, and thieves. In the Roman period he was especially associated with commerce.
Formerly in a European private collection.