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Ancient Art

Figurine of Hermes as a child

ca. 2nd century A.D.


30.1 × 12.4 × 6.2 cm (11 7/8 × 4 7/8 × 2 7/16 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
Not on view
Syrian, Dura-Europos

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (Necropolis, Tomb 24, Loc. XIV), present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Susan B. Downey, “Arabia antiqua: Hellenistic Centres around Arabia: Hellenistic, Local, and Near Eastern Elements in the Terracotta Production of Dura-Europos,” Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente 70, no. 2 (1993): 130, 134, fig. 1.

Susan B. Downey, Terracotta Figurines and Plaques from Dura-Europos (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2003), 106–108, no. 57, fig. 53.

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 368, no. 67, pl. 67.

Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011).

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (Chestnut Hill, Mass.: McMullen Museum of Art, 2014), 340, no. 177, pl. 177.

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