MERCURY Roman God Door Knocker - Circa 1890

MERCURY Roman God Door Knocker - Circa 1890
A large SOLID BRASS door knocker depicting the head of the Roman God MERCURY with a Ram beneath. The Knocker is 10 inches in length. It is inscribed "Kenrick & sons" underneath. Likely dating is 1880 -1890. No door boss with this but we will supply a small brass knob for this. Mercury is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the 12 Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld. He was considered the son of Maia, who was a daughter of the Titan Atlas, and Jupiter in Roman mythology.[citation needed] His name is possibly related to the Latin word merx ("merchandise"; cf. merchant, commerce, etc.), mercari (to trade), and merces (wages). In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms; both gods share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes. He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. Similar to his Greek equivalent Hermes, he was awarded the caduceus by Apollo who handed him a magic wand, which later turned into the caduceus.
NZ$ 200.00 including GST
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