after the original by Jean de Bologne
French bronze statue of Mercury as patron god of medicine and healing, on a round Italian marble base and bronze plinth. Mercury carries the caduceus (a staff entwined by two snakes) and wears winged sandals and a petasus (winged cap); stands balanced on one foot upon a column of air emanating from wind god Aeolus. Probably a 19th-century copy after Jean de Bologne, 1564.
Gift of Pauline T. Pease
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Late 19th century