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Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Statuette of Mercury (Hermes)

Bronze

H: 6.7 cm

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

Accession number:

80.51.123

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

The winged hat (petasus) on the curly hair, the winged staff (caduceus), and the money pouch (the marsupium), point to the identity of the youth as the Roman Mercury, who is the Greek Hermes, messenger of the gods and guide of souls to the underworld. The Romans, who saw him almost exclusively as the god of trade and merchants, were the first to attribute the god with the money pouch as a symbol.