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Mercury (Hermes)

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An under life size nude; the wings in his hair, now broken off, indicate he is Mercury (Hermes), the messenger of the gods and conductor of souls to the Underworld. This work is a fleshier, Roman interpretation of the style of the Greek sculptor Polykleitos. It has been recently suggested that...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to L. D. Caskey, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Sculpture: from the neighborhood of Capua); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 30–40

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 145; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Overall: 72cm (28 3/8in.) Mount (Black circular marble base): 116.8 x 35.6 cm (46 x 14 in.) Case (base of column): 6.4 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm (2 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble (probably from the Greek island of Paros)


The Ancient World