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Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Bronze

H: 7.2 cm

Gift of Claire Huchet-Bishop, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Dr. Arthur Briskier

Accession number:

80.51.124

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Hermes was the messenger of the gods and guide of souls to the Underworld. He was usually depicted wearing a winged hat and shoes and holding a winged staff with two entwined snakes. The Romans called him Mercury, the god of trade and merchants, and were the first to attribute the money pouch to him.