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Mercury

Mercury

Image of Mercury

Description
Mercury sculpture dating from the 2nd or 3rd century. Mercury was the herald or messenger of the gods. He was also the god of travellers, trade and also thievery and cunning. He is always represented wearing a winged hat or 'patasos', carrying a purse and herald's staff or 'caduceus'. He is often accompanied by a cockerel, the herald of the day, and sometimes by a goat or ram as a symbol of fertility. Many altars and figurines of Mercury and cockerels have been found in Cirencester, suggesting he was a popular god in Corinium. Found at the Leauses, Watermoor in the 1850s.
Object Name
Mercury
Accession Number
B2050
Category
roman
Site Location
Watermoor, Cirencester
Tags
Roman, sculpture, Mercury