6 July 2016,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 20,000
Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000
A ROMAN BRONZE MERCURY
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The nude god standing contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, his left bent, holding a money bag in his right hand, his head turned to the right, the mouth slightly parted, his short curly hair surmounted by wings and a diadem with a fragmentary central ibis plume
8 ¼ in. (20.5 cm.) high
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The ibis plume atop the present lot's diadem may reference Mercury's association with the Egyptian god Thoth. The ibis-headed Egyptian god acted as Scribe to the Underworld, while the youthful Roman deity guided the souls of the deceased on their journey.
with K. J. Hewett (1919-1994), London.
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