Plaster Cast Sculpture: Hermes and Infant Dionysos
|Artifact Identification||Plaster Cast Sculpture: Hermes and Infant Dionysos (1912.02.0021)|
|Classification||Communication Artifacts : Art : N/A|
|Geographic Location||Europe, West, Greece, Olympia, Temple of Hera|
|Period/Date||Hellenistic, 340 BCE|
|Location||On Exhibitin the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit|
|Dimension 1 (Height)||233.0 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||101.4 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||58.8 cm|
|Measuring Remarks||This model is too large to weigh on museum scale; weight over 50 lbs.|
|Manufacturing Processes||Cast, Molding|
|Munsell Color Information||Yellowish White (10 YR 9/1) -ns|
The messenger of the gods rests on his journey to the nymphs of Nysa to whose care he will entrust his little half-brother Dionysus on orders from Zeus. In his right hand he held a bunch of grapes to amuse the child. Originally thought to have been a Praxiteles original of ca. 330 B.C., the statue, which was found in the Temple of Hera at Olympia, is now believed to be a later copy. Original of Parian marble in the Olympian Museum, Olympia.
From Alexander to Augustus . Bohen, B. et al, University of Illinois, 1983. 1983P.0028. "Archeological Museum is Opened in Lincoln Hall," 1912P.0002.