Bronze figurine of the god Hermes from the sanctuary of Zeus on Mount Lykaion of Arcadia. 5th cent. B.C.
Ôhe god is dressed like a shepherd: short chiton, mantle, and conical hat. Remains of the tiny wings from his characteristic winged sandals are preserved. In his right hand he was holding the shepherds’ or travelers’ stick. Hermes, as protector of flocks, was worshipped in the rural and mountain areas. Worshippers dedicated this type of figurines to rural sanctuaries in order to ensure the divine favour or to express their gratitude.