8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE MERCURY
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The god standing with his weight on his right leg, his left relaxed and bent at the knee, the heel lifted, depicted nude but for a mantle draped over his left shoulder and hanging from his forearm, his arms lowered, his money bag in his right hand, his left hand once holding his cadeuceus, his head angled down, with thickly-lidded articulated eyes, wings emerging from his wavy locks, standing atop the original socle plinth
7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) high
Said to be from Colchester, England.
Mrs. H.V. Colborne; Sotheby's, London, 22 May 1989, lot 253.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1990.
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