Let’s Just Call Him Mercury!

(or Hermes.)


So I don’t think we should follow Crawford’s hesitation to identify the head on RRC 341/1.   He doesn’t hesitate to identify the youthful head with a winged diadem on a terminal bust as Mercury on RRC 418/2 and we also have a whole slew of 5th century style portrayals of Hermes on what are likely to be Roman Republican glass pastes, some even wearing wings (these are all in Berlin).




Update 9/11/22:

I still think Hermes is the most likely identification for the obverse of the above type but I did pause and think about it when I saw this figure on a sarcophagus in Berlin yesterday (Altes Museum).

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