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A Roman Marble Torso of Hermes, circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing against a tree trunk support with the weight on his right leg, and wearing a chlamys fastened on the left shoulder, the heavy folds falling over the left arm, another fragmentary support behind the left leg; former restorations removed.
Height 83 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Rome art market, 1892 (based on a dated photograph in the archives of Paul Arndt [1865–1937], Institute of Classical Archaeology, Erlangen University)
Sotheby’s, New York, June 12th, 1993, no. 110, illus.

Catalogue Note

Based on the rendering of the abdominal musculature, which is comparable to Greek statuary types of ca. 450 BC (cf. the Hermes Perinth-Cyrene: S. Kansteiner, Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, vol. 130, 2015, p. 148, fig. 9), the present torso is a Roman copy of a Greek original from the mid-5th Century B.C. The chlamys, which is similar in shape to a Roman paludamentum (cf. portrait statues of Hadrian from Vaison and Pergamon: M. Wegner, Hadrian, Das römische Herrscherbild, vol. II.3, 1956, p. 66, pl. 14), is a “decorative” feature added by the sculptor of the Roman Imperial era.

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