Flying Mercury Hermes Statue by Giovanni da Bologna
Hermes statue. A Greek and Roman messenger of the gods, Mercury or Hermes is a deity of wealth, trade and travelers. Using his winged sandals he named 'talaria,' he assisted many gods in delivering messages. In this 16th century sculpture by Giovanni da Bologna (Giambologna) now in the National Museum, Florence, he holds his famous symbol, the caduceus, which later became a symbol for medicine and alchemy.
Hermes was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia, Altas' daughter. He was the god of shepherds, merchants, literature, and thieves. Also a messenger of the gods, he escorted souls to the underworld. Most clever of all the Olympian gods, he invented the lyre, fire, the musical scale, astronomy, weights, measures, the alphabet, boxing, racing and the care of olive trees.
14.5"H x 4.5"W x 9.5"D.
Hand finished faux bronze resin statue.
(36.83cm high x 11.43cm wide x 24.13cm deep)
(from Bulfinch's Mythology - Age of Fable)