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.
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.