Hermes Kriophoros, left profile

Hermes Kriophoros, detail of sheep

Hermes Kriophoros, right profile

Hermes Kriophoros, three-quarter left front

Hermes Kriophoros, three-quarter right front, detail

Hermes Kriophoros, three-quarter right front

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Title: Smaller Boston Hermes Kriophoros
Context: From Arcadia
Findspot: Found at Arcadia
Summary: Hermes carrying lamb in his left arm
Object Function: Votive
Material: Bronze
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single sculpture
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: Solid cast
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 520 BC - ca. 510 BC

H 0.167 m

Scale: Miniature
Region: Arcadia
Period: Late Archaic

Subject Description: Hermes strides ahead, in an upright pose, with both arms held ahead of him. In his right hand he probably held a kerykeion, and in his left hand he holds the forelegs of a small lamb, the rest of whose body dangles at Hermes' side. This indicates Hermes' role as protector of flocks. He wears a knee-length shepherd's tunic, decorated around the neck with a hatched incision, with a thin band at the hem, and belted at the waist. He wears short wingless boots and a wide-brimmed pilos. His hair is arranged in stylized curls around his forehead and ears, a pointed beard, and long crinkled locks falling down the back of his head.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: Figure is nearly complete, missing only Hermes' left foot, the left hind leg of the ram, and the attribute (probably a kerykeion, or herald's staff, made of another material) from Hermes' right hand. Greenish grey patina on surface.

Collection History: Formerly in the E.P. Warren Collection; acquired by the MFA in 1904.

Sources Used: Comstock & Vermeule 1971, no. 22

Other Bibliography: Mattusch 1996, 28; J. Bergemann, AM 106 (1991) 179 n. 110; Thomas 1992, 176, n. 92; Gauer 1991, 92; Small Bronze, 130 fig 6, 166, 212-14, fig. 4, 273-75, fig. 24; LIMC, 5.311 no. 264b (G. Siebert); C. Rolley, RA 1989, 348; Kozloff & Mitten 1988, 7, 44-46, 77-82 no. 8 (ill.); Bernhard-Walcher & Gschwantler, 242, n. 10; Morrow 1985, 39, 192, n. 50; Hanhisalo 1983, 173-74, fig. 122; D.G. Mitten in Mildenberg Collection, 129, under no. 108; Gauer 1981, 153, n. 148; MFA Handbook 1975, 86-87, ill.; Mitten 1975, 44, under no. 12, n. 6; H. Sichtermann in EAA, 4.2, 4, 7; L. Byvanck-Quarles van Ufford, BABesch 30 (1955) 59.