This figure of Mercury is inspired by a Greek original of the late 5th century B.C. The style is essentially Polykleitan, although the musculature of this figure is more youthful. Closest is the marble figure from Troizen, now in the National Archeological Museum, Athens, and the Lansdowne Hermes now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, nos. and 298 and 943 in Siebert, "Hermes" in LIMC, vol. V. Both are thought to be Roman copies of an original attributed to the sculptor Naukydes, from the School of Polykleitos.