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Mercury


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Description Each Roman household had a "lararium," or household shrine, in which small bronze figurines of deities, including "lares" (the divinities protecting the house) were displayed. The master of the house would make daily offerings at the shrine, as well as more ceremonial offerings on important occasions. This small figurine was found together with six others (Walters 54.747, 54.749-54.752, and 54.2290) in a "lararium" at Boscoreale, the site of a Roman villa near Pompeii. A "Genius" (or priest) stood before the household deities, Isis-Fortuna, Mercury, a seated Jupiter, Alexander Helios, and a standing Jupiter. These were divinities the family particularly venerated for the continuing good fortune of the household.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/19/1980Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Pompeii and The Roman Villa. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 2008-2009.
Provenance Excavated by Ferruccio de Prisco, 1903, at the Villa del Fondo Acunzo, Boscoreale; C & E. Canessa, New York, Paris, and Naples, by 1906, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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Period
1st century CE (Roman Imperial)
Medium
bronze with patina
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.748
Measurements
H: 4 9/16 x W: 2 1/8 x D: 1 9/16 in. (11.52 x 5.42 x 4.04 cm)
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