7 December 2000
A ROMAN BRONZE HERM
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
From the stand of a candelabrum, cast in the form of a janiform herm, one side with the head of Mars, with thick curling locks on his forehead under the helmet that is tipped back on his head, with recessed silver inlaid eyes beneath a furrowed brow, and thick curling locks for his beard and mustache; the other side with the head of Mercury, his cap surmounted by a pair of wings, with short wavy locks along his forehead under the cap, with soft features, the eyes inlaid in silver
4 in. (10.2 cm) high
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For a candelabrum with a similar herm now in the National Museum of Naples, see nos. 187-188 in Stefanelli, Il Bronzo dei Romani.
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