Morris Arboretum

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Sculptures

Mercury

Creator: Anonymous Artist (Greco-Roman)
Material: cast bronze on marble base
Year: c. 1913
Reproduction of Greek original, 4th century BC
Purchased by John T. Morris

According to classical mythology, Mercury was the god of commerce, eloquence, travel, cunning and theft. Fleet of foot, he wore magical, winged sandals in his role as messenger to the other gods.

This bronze sculpture is an early twentieth century reproduction of an ancient original in the collection of the National Museum in Naples, Italy. Mercury is shown as an athletic young man.

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