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Ancient Art
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After: Polykleitos, Greek, active ca. 450–415 B.C.

Bronze Hermes

ca. 450–20 B.C. (original); 1st century A.D. (copy)

Hollow cast bronze, arms and head cast separately; eyes inlaid with silver; single nipple inlaid with copper.

11.1 × 3.4 × 2.1 cm (4 3/8 × 1 5/16 × 13/16 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
On view
Roman, after a Greek original
Classical (original); Roman (copy)

McAlpine Ancient Art, London; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., acquired from the above, 1981.


Susan B. Matheson, “Ancient Greek Bronzes at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 49, ill.

“Acquisitions 1981,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 3 (Winter 1983): 70.

Susan B. Matheson, “A Bronze Hermes in the Polykletian Style,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (Winter 1983): 14–21, fig. 1–3.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 265, ill.

Carlos Picon, Polykleitos, the Doryphoros, and Tradition, ed. Warren G. Moon (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995), 235.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.