An important solid silver miniature votive statue depicting the god Mercury. He is depicted as the patron of commerce and wealth. His right hand holds a purse or "marsuppium". A cloak covers his left arm and hand, in which he holds a winged caduceus, a short rod entwined by two snakes and topped by a pair of wings, as symbol of heraldry and commerce (later the caduceus became the symbol of medicine). The winged helmet identifies him as the messenger of the gods.
Cast and chiseled solid silver with slight remains of the original gilding. Beautiful uncleaned patina.
Roman Empire. Province of Lusitania. 1st-2nd century A.D.
Provenance: reportedly excavated by farmers in the beginning of the 20th century in the region of Alentejo (South of Portugal) and acquired by the 1st owner directly from the finders. Since then in a private collection until acquired by us.
Dimensions: height 5,5cm ; height (with base) 7cm.
Mounted on a black perspex base.
4 000 €
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