Ancient Sculpture Gallery

Bronze Statuette or Mercury

Made of 100% pure bronze (lost wax)

Dimensions: High 6.75" (17cm)

Item No. S221

Period: Roman Imperial (1st-4th century A.D.)

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction
$199.00


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Bronze Statuette or Mercury. Mercury was a messenger, and a god of trade, the son of Maia Maiestas and Jupiter in Roman mythology. His name is related to the Latin word merx ("merchandise"; compare merchant, commerce, etc.), mercari (to trade), and merces (wages). In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms, but most of his characteristics and mythology were borrowed from the analogous Greek deity, Hermes. Latin writers rewrote Hermes' myths and substituted his name with that of Mercury. However, there are at least two myths that involve Mercury that are Roman in origin. In Virgil's Aeneid, Mercury reminds Aeneas of his mission to found the city of Rome. In Ovid's Fasti, Mercury is assigned to escort the nymph Larunda to the underworld. Mercury, however, fell in love with Larunda and made love to her on the way; this act has also been interpreted as a rape. Larunda thereby became mother to two children, referred to as the Lares, invisible household gods. Mercury has influenced the name of many things in a variety of scientific fields, such as the planet Mercury, and the element mercury, which it was formally associated. The word mercurial is commonly used to refer to something or someone erratic, volatile or unstable, derived from Mercury's swift flights from place to place.

Specification

Made of bronze (lost wax). "Lost Wax" bronze (or hot-cast bronze) is actually 100% pure Bronze - essentially copper and tin. The most known and used process for making "lost wax" involves pouring of molten bronze. This is the same method used by the ancient civilizations to create bronze sculptures. The making of a "lost wax" bronze is a complex and time consuming process, and specific technical expertise is needed to accomplish the task of making a bronze.

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Return Policy

These are custom made to order items. There shell be no returns and refunds accepted unless the customer receives the finished item damaged for which he/she must present proof of. We insure all of our shipments. If you have received the item damaged from the shipping process you must notify us on the day if the receipt of the item, in order to be accepted for refund and/or replacement. Credit will not be issued unless you notify us the same day you received the shipment. You must inspect the item while the shipper is present when making the delivery and if item is damaged present proof of the damage to the shipper. Please note that you will need to save the box and packing materials for the shipper to inspect and provide pictures of the damage. The insurance is void otherwise.

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