ITALIAN SIGNED 19C GRAND TOUR BRONZE SCULPTURE STATUE MERCURY HERMES No RESERVE

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Condition: This sculpture is in perfect condition. Bronze Dimensions with Marble Base:Height 26" x Width 6" Marble Dimensions: Diameter 6" Height without base: 19" Weight : 20 LBS Inventory : 25DS3665852

This is a bronze replica of Giovanni Bologna's "Hermes (The Flying Mercury)". It depicts Hermes standing on a column of air coming from the mouth of Zephyr, creating an illusion of floating. Many people believe that the modern medical symbol, a staff with two coiled snakes, is derived from the staff of Asklepios - but that is incorrect. In fact that modern symbol is derived from the caduceus (magical wand) of Hermes, a short stick or staff with two snakes coiled around it. The reason for this may be due to Hermes' link with alchemy - alchemists were, at one time, referred to as the Sons of Hermes and alchemy blended in with early medical practice. He is caught in racing upwards in a winged fury to deliver his message to the gods. The emphasis on refined surface and cool elegance and beauty implicates Bologna's Mannerist style. This rendition was cast using the age-old technique of lost-wax
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