A reproduced representation in relief from the statue of Hermes seen in the museum of Olympia. It represents Hermes holding in one arm little Dionysus. The ceramic sculpture is a tarnished copper/aqua color. There is a brown leather sting attached through the sculpture for hanging. On the back there is a piece of paper with a description of the sculpture in English and French. "Made in Greece" is stamped upside down on back at the bottom.
It represents Hermes holding in one arm little Dionysus and trying to amuse him so he does not cry because he fears his wife Hera perceives the child and kills him. Little Dionysus was born from another woman. 5th c. B.C.
Hermes is a god of transitions and boundaries. He is quick and cunning, and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He is protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade. In some myths he is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind. His attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster and the tortoise, purse or pouch, winged sandals, winged cap, and his main symbol is the herald's staff, the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus which consisted of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff.
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