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Statue Young Hermes

Statue Young Hermes


Like their great rivals across the Channel, educated Frenchmen of the 19th century were keenly aware of Classical symbolism and used it liberally in the statuary they chose to use as markers of their social and professional status. This extremely well executed limestone Hermes dating from sometime around the Restoration would have told those familiar with Classical symbolic vocabulary much about the person who commissioned it. Winged Hermes with his staff or caduceus comes with a rich mythic background—he is the messenger god but also the god of crossroads, and he protects travelers, liars, thieves, gamblers, and writers. He was most definitely not carved for the house of a medical doctor or apothecary, whose symbol is the non-winged snake known as the Asclepius Rod. This winged Hermes was most likely commissioned by a successful lawyer, possibly one with a good sense of humor.






Early 19th Century

Overall Dimensions

Width: 23 " / 58 cm
Height: 61 " / 155 cm
Depth: 21 " / 53 cm