Plaster Cast Sculpture: Hermes and Infant Dionysos


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Plaster Cast Sculpture: Hermes and Infant Dionysos   (1912.02.0021)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Hellenistic, 340 BCE
Culture Greek
Location On Exhibitin the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 233.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 101.4 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 58.8 cm
Weight waived g
Measuring Remarks This model is too large to weigh on museum scale; weight over 50 lbs.
Materials Plaster
Manufacturing Processes Cast, Molding
Munsell Color Information Yellowish White (10 YR 9/1) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

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.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

From Alexander to Augustus . Bohen, B. et al, University of Illinois, 1983. 1983P.0028. "Archeological Museum is Opened in Lincoln Hall," 1912P.0002.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Classical Museum Purchase
Reproduction yes
Reproduction Information N/A

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