Discovered in 1771 near Rome, this sculpture of the god Hermes is a Roman copy of an earlier Greek work from the fourth century BCE. After rediscovery, Hermes was displayed at Lansdowne House in London, the home of William Fitzmaurice, British Prime Minister in 1782-1783. As the god of travelers, Hermes is shown with a traveler’s cloak draped over his left shoulder and wrapped around his arm.
Lansdowne Hermes. Roman. First half of the 2nd century CE. Marble. SBMA, Gift of Wright S. Ludington, 1984.34.1. Photo courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.