Bronze and Copper Sculpture of "Seated Hermes" c.1920
This is an Italian bronze lost-wax casting replica of "Seated Hermes", the original was found in 1758 in the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. Hermes is represented as an adolescent with narrow shoulders sitting on a rock, sandal straps with wings at the ankles are wound around his feet. He holds a very short rod, the remains of what was probably a caduceus in the original. The piece has retained its original bronze finish and is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR Unknown, Italy.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1920-1940
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Lost-wax casting, bronze.
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 8.5 in. x W 7.5 in. x D 5 in.
"Seated Hermes" (Resting Hermes), is one of the bronze sculptures discovered in the garden of the Villa of the Papyri. It portrays Hermes, a Roman messenger God, seated and looking down. The sculpture was recognized as an imitation of an original Greek sculpture made a couple of centuries prior, and was found in 1758. It is probably the most celebrated work of art discovered at Herculaneum and Pompeii in the eighteenth century and is currently kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.