Saturday, July 25, 2009


I cannot date this piece but it is a of a type common through out the classical period. A Herm is a statue in the shape of the plain pillar with a (normally erected) penis and a head on the top - the head is broken of here but it is easy to imagine how it once looked.

The specific use of these pillars are still debated but they are generally considered to be boundary markers.

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