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Graceful Mercury is attired in a round winged cap, an elegant tunic and winged sandals. In his right hand he holds a caduceus (a winged staff entwined with two snakes). In his left, he grasps a purse. Beside him stand a cockerel and a goat. Alongside the relief are two garlands of foliage and flowers.

Additional information:
Mercury is the messenger of the gods and has wings on his cap and sandals to enable him to travel swiftly. The caduceus is a magic wand with which he is able to conjure up sleep; at the same time, it symbolises peace and commerce. The purse alludes to commerce. The cockerel, a symbol of vigilance, is also associated with Mercury. As the god of shepherds he is often shown with a ram, but here he is portrayed with a goat.

Details

  • Title: Mercury
  • Date Created: 1650 - 1654
  • Sculptor: Artus Quellinus
  • Place Part Of: Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: h2 mm
  • Display: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Description: Marble
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. Photo: Erik & Petra Hesmerg., ©Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

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