Hermes Kriophoros (Ram-bearer)

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Peloponnesus, Sicyon (possibly)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 023; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 032.

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.489

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Votive statuette of Hermes holding a ram under his left arm. He is dressed in a short belted chitoniskos, small brimmed petasus, and laced boots with wings (endromides). The god stands frontally on an oblong plinth with his left foot advanced. Originally (now lost) he held the herald’s staff (kerykeion, in Latin, caduceus) of the Olympian messenger in his right hand.

Condition:
Well preserved. gray Green patina.
A hole is drilled through the right hand; the greater part of the wing on the right foot is missing. Remains of four metal tangs for attachment into another base have been filed down. E. P. Warren thought these were feet, but they seem to have been too thin for this. There are two flat plates on the hollowed out inside of the base for attaching the plinth to the feet. These have been pierced in modern times with threading in connection with the present mounting on a wooden block. Thin patina of green and brown. Attached to mount MT.71.

Provenance

By 1899 with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to come from Sparta. [Warren comments further] that it probably came from Sparta, but that it was not necessarily found there.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund