Roman Bronze Mercury with Baby Dionysos
An ancient Roman bronze statuette of Mercury standing nude holding the infant Dionysos. He wears a laurel wreath on his winged head. In his right hand, he holds a caduceus, and with his left hand supported by a column; his cloak is draped from his shoulder over his left forearm.
Ca. 1st - 2nd 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 German private collection.
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