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ANTIQUE BRONZE BUST OF HERMES

£3,200.00

SKU: GD1729/spr13

1 in stock

ANTIQUE BRONZE BUST OF HERMES

SKU: GD1729/spr13 Categories: , ,

ANTIQUE BRONZE BUST OF HERMES

Date: Circa 1890
Stock Number: GD1729/spr13
Height: 14 ins / 35.56 cms
Width: 9 ins / 22.86 cms
Depth: 6 ins / 15.24 cms
Price: £3200

 

A patinated bronze bust of Hermes on lovely marble socle. Hermes, the herald of the Olympian gods, is the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia, daughter of Atlas and one of the Pleiades. Hermes is the god of shepherds, land travel, merchants, weights and measures, oratory, literature, athletics and thieves, and known for his cunning and shrewdness. Most importantly, he is the messenger of the gods. He was also a minor patron of poetry and was worshiped throughout Greece, especially in Arcadia, and festivals in his honor were called Hermoea. The original full-figure of Hermes and the infant Dionysus reputed to be by Praxiteles who was working in the 4th Century B.C. is on display at the Olympia Archaeological Museum, Olympia, Greece. The statue was found, in 1877, during the excavation of the Temple of Hera. Italian

 

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