Roman Rosso Antico Marble Bust of Hermes
An ancient Roman rosso antico marble bearded herm bust of the god Hermes (Mercury) with long locks of hair and a diadem on his head.
Ca. 2nd century AD.
Hermes (Latin: Mercury) 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. Busts of Hermes, known as Herms, were used as boundary markers and milestones. The images were ultimately based on the sculpture of Alkamenes, ca. 400 BC.
Formerly in the Struhe collection, Berlin, Germany, prior to 1990s.