The figure was adapted from a familiar Greek Hermes type of the later 4th century BC. The body may have been joined with the portrait head of a divinized emperor. The missing head was turned toward the upraised right hand which perhaps held a spear.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
The Classical World: Rome ( Jun 1958 - 1975)
Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)
Roman World (15 Mar 2003)
[Catalogue] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: 238:116
[Catalogue] White, Donald and Ann Blair Brownlee, Irene Bald Romano, Jean MacIntosh Turfa. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: 52
[Catalogue] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section.
[Book] Emerson, Alfred. 1905. Torso of a Hermes. I, pt. III. 169-175.
[Journal] Fowler, Harold N. Archaeological News: Crete: Gournia Vol.: 9(3).
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