Height 45 cm. Inv. No. A. 407.Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
Herm of Hermes.
Height 45 cm.
Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
(Санкт-Петербург, Государственный Эрмитаж).
An epigram on the Pergamon copy tells us: “You see here the finest head of Alcamenes, Hermes before the Gates”. Another copy, that of Ephesus, was found at the entrance to a room of the gymnasium. The formalism of the hair is striking: the forehead is framed by three rows of coiled curls; on the head, the hair has been worked, above the headband, in the form of an “S”. Curls fall on the shoulders. The eyes are fairly wide apart, framed by accentuated lids. The general aspect of the head is somewhat hieratic.
© Photographic credits — M. Verhasselt (Brussels-Dilbeek).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.