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Sculpture of Hermes

Sculpture of Hermes - Nicholson Museum

Sculpture of Hermes

This Sculpture of Hermes is larger-than-life-size and carved from white marble, the surface of which is deeply weathered. The grooves on the surface of the statue had been caused by its having lain for many years submerged in running water of a stream. The statue is a copy of an earlier ancient masterpiece, tracing its roots back to a famous statue of Hermes sculpted by the 4th century BC artist Praxiteles. The muscular body and the slim waist portrays the Greek ideal and may have functioned initially as a grave marker.

Hermes is an Olympian god in Greek religion and mythology, the son of Zeus and was the emissary and messenger of the gods. Hermes was also the divine trickster and the god of boundaries. He moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine and was the conductor of souls into the afterlife. Many of his statues include his Greek symbol which appears in the form of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. In the Roman adaptation of the Greek pantheon, Hermes is identified with the Roman god Mercury.

Sculpture of Hermes

  • Title:               Sculpture of Hermes
  • Greek:            Ἑρμῆς
  • Dates:             2nd century BC – 1st century AD
  • Material:        Marble
  • Origins:          Roman
  • Dimensions:  156 (h/l) x 90 (w) x 45 (d) cm, plinth: 83 (h/l) x 62 (w) x 58.5 (d) cm
  • Museum:      Nicholson Museum

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