Lot 58: Roman Mercury Statuette
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century BC-2nd century AD. A bronze statuette of Mercury (Hermes), standing nude on a socle base with marsupium, coin bag in the right hand, mantle and caduceus on the left arm, winged petasos to the head. Cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, item 27. 107 grams, 83mm (3 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; formerly the property of a Surrey gentleman. Mercury was the god of trade and industry, whose principle shrine in the city of Rome was at the Circus Maximus. Originally he was one of the gods of riches and profit and it was not until he was equated with the Greek Hermes that he became the god of tradesmen and merchants. He was also the god of thieves and was associated with healing mainly in Gaul where he had a number of important temples connected to sacred springs.
Condition Report: Fine condition.