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Mercury


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Description The wings (one missing) on the head of this figure identify it as representing Mercury, the messenger of the gods. It is exquisitely detailed and larger than most statuettes made for household worship, suggesting that it was prominently displayed within the villa of a wealthy Roman family. The hairstyle dates the piece to the mid 1st century, when artists were still very much influenced by the Classical style of Greek art. His left hand would have held the "caduceus," or herald's staff, that is his attribute (familiar today as a medical symbol).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/01/1936Treatmentcoated; other
6/07/1957Treatmentcleaned
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
11/15/1959Examinationsurvey
6/02/1986Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/30/1986Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
3/12/1987Technical Reportother
4/26/2011Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • The Gods Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1988-1989.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 1st century CE (Roman Imperial)
Medium
cast bronze with silver coat and inlay
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.605
Measurements
H: 11 13/16 × W: 4 3/4 × D: 2 3/8 in. (30 × 12 × 6 cm)
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