Mercury Statue, a statue, after the antique by Thorvaldsen.
A very fine Grand Tour marble statue of Mercury who is sitting aside a tree stump, holding a sword to his right, and with pipes in his left hand.
The original was purchased on a grand tour from an Italian studio for Burghley House.
"Mercury is a major Roman god, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld. He was considered the son of Maia and Jupiter in Roman mythology."
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