Column (herm)


Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Leiden, Netherlands

In antiquity, a herm was a quadrangular column crowned with a human face. A double herm combines two faces. In Roman times it was fashionable to link opposites in this way. This double herm displays two followers of Bacchus, the god of wine: one is a cheerful young satyr, while the other is a bald old silenus. In this way, young and old are forged into a unified whole.


  • Title: Column (herm)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 0050/0150
  • Location: Italië
  • Physical Dimensions: w13.1 x h23 x d14 cm
  • Datering: 50-150 AD
  • Afmetingen: 23 x 13,1 x 14 cm, 20kg
  • Type: sculpture
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: marble

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