Diminutive Roman sculpture of Hermes holding a purse and the Caduceus. Exquisite head with carefully carved features, drilled pupils and closely cropped hair topped by the wings of the helmet.
Hermes is inside a natural-size nut. A small hole on the side to close the nutshell with a similar half to form a small diptych.
In the spirit of the incipient Christian tradition, although still using pagan gods and classical imagery to represent Christ.
Roman, 3rd/4th century AD
H. 3.6 cm (1.4 in), W. 3.1 cm (1.2 in)
Very fine. The right side and the lower area of the item chipped. Recurrent use of the drill.
Swiss art market (data will be provided to the buyer)