Statuette of Mercury

Unknown120 - 140

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Mercury, the Roman god of merchants and thieves, holds out a bag of money on this Gallo-Roman statuette. His moneybag, the one surviving wing in his hair, and the staff or caduceus he originally held in his other hand confirm the god's identity. This depiction of Mercury in the nude and standing in a Polykleitan pose was very popular in the northern Roman province of Gaul. Statuettes of deities like this were often objects of private devotion. This statuette, embellished with silver inlays for the eyes and copper for the nipples, probably stood in the household shrine of some wealthy family.

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  • Title: Statuette of Mercury
  • Date Created: 120 - 140
  • Location Created: Gaul
  • Physical Dimensions: h15 cm
  • Type: Mythological Figure
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  • Medium: Bronze with silver and copper
  • artist: Unknown
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  • Subject: Mercury
  • Object Creditline: Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman