Hermes Kriophoros (the ram bearer)

Greek
Archaic Period
about 520–510 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 022; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.6

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Votive statuette of Hermes as bearded shepherd and guardian of the flocks. Dressed as a herdsman in a short belted tunic, brimmed hat, and low laced boots, he holds small ram safe beneath his left arm; probably held the herald’s staff (kerykeion in Greek, caduceus in Latin) in his right hand. Possibly made in Sikyonian workshop. Some details incised after casting. Greenish gray patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to MFA archival card: from Arcadia); January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund