Figurine of Mercury

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 112; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 9.5 cm (6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.676

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Hermes holds a pouch in his extended right hand. His lowered left hand held the kerykeion. His eyes and nipples are silvered. The left ankle is cracked. The base does not belong.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: It came from Rome, but its provenience is unknown); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund