Description The ancient Greeks conceived of their messenger gods-divinities who carried messages to other gods or humans-as winged, alluding to their swiftness and their ability to go anywhere. Iris and Hermes were the main messenger gods in Greek mythology. This bronze displays characteristic attributes of Hermes: a mantle ("chlamys"), a winged hat ("petasos"), small wings on his ankles, a purse (as he was the god of merchants), and, originally, a herald's staff ("kerykeion"), which was an attribute for Iris as well.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Forman Collection Sale (?), no. 110; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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