Hermès statuette attracts attention in museum
A Hermes statuette, discovered by a farmer in the central Anatolian province of Çorum and later delivered to the Çorum museum, is one of the museums’ main assets, greatly attracting the interest of tourists due to its craftsmanship artisanal and its history.
The Hermès statuette, one of the most precious and rare objects on display in the museum, was included in the cultural inventory after it was accidentally discovered in a village in 2017 by a farmer while he was plowing his field and was then handed over to the museum.
The artifact, which is on display along with various statuettes in a special display case on the third floor of the Çorum Museum, attracts attention with its high-level craftsmanship and distinctive details, although it lost some parts before being discovered.
About 2,300 years old and estimated to have been made in bronze with a casting technique between 323 BC and 146 BC, the figurine highlights the archaeological richness of the region.
Speaking to the national agency Anadolu, Resul İbiş, archaeologist at the Çorum Museum, said the statuette was a rare artifact made in a style unprecedented in the region.
“Far from the provincial style we are used to seeing in the region, the artifact was fashioned with great skill as if it came from the hands of an artist like the Athenian sculptor Praxiteles, who lived in the fourth century. BC, ”he said, adding that this type of young Hellenistic bronze figurines were also found during excavations in the Acropolis of Pergamum (Bergama).
Noting that Hermes is depicted with his winged sandals in the statue, İbiş said, “In the statuette, the fairly elegant body lines, muscles, mantle and waves of hair are seen in detail. The whites and pupils of her eyes were defined, and the thoughtful expression on her face was successfully reflected. Hermes is one of the region’s respected gods, and these artifacts provide important data for scientific studies to be conducted.
Noting that Hermes is one of the most represented gods according to archaeological sources, İbiş said: “The first characteristic of Hermes, the son of Zeus and Maia in Greek mythology, is that he is the god of fertility of shepherds and animals. At the same time, he is mentioned in the Homeric epics as the messenger of the gods and the reliable messenger of his father, Zeus. One of the 12 great Olympian gods, Hermes, who was the only god to have achieved immortality by contract, is distinguished from the rest by his cunning and skill from birth.
İbiş pointed out that, according to mythological records, Hermes is also known as the “god of roads and passengers” due to his rapid change of location to bring news from one place to another.
“It is natural that Hermes should be the god of commerce, merchants and thieves, given that voyages were made for the purpose of trading rather than traveling in ancient times. He is skillful, well spoken and able to persuade others. Hermes conveys Zeus’ orders to mortals and gods. Wearing winged sandals and a head covering, Hermes carries a staff and a bag of money in his hand. He is the god of speakers, flocks, deception and thieves because he speaks charmingly and convincingly. It protects roads, passengers and traders. He takes the souls of the deceased to Hades, the god of the underworld. It is his duty to bring the sleep and dreams sent by Zeus to people, ”he said.
The statuette is of great interest, especially to people familiar with mythology, he added.