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Hermes, a bust, from Praxiteles full statue, 2nd half of 4th cent. B.C

Hermes was one of the twelve main Olympian gods.

He was known as a phallic god, god of fertility and good fortune. 

He was the son of Zeus and half brother to Apollo. 

This bust is taken from the 2.34m statue, the only original work of Praxiteles to be found, at the temple of Hera in 1877. 

He is holding the infant Dionysus, who’s remnant of hand is on his shoulder.


52 cm tall.

Artist: Praxiteles


Museum: The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Olympia

Origin: Temple of Hera, Olympia, Greece

Time Period: Greek


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