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France
Poitiers
Vienne

Poitou-Charentes

Rue du Marché Notre-Dame 35
(Ancienne Chambre de Commerce)

Hermes

Messenger of the gods and god of trade, merchants, and travel, in Roman (Mercurius) and Greek (Ἑρμῆς - Hermes) mythology
(Wikipedia: Mercury - Hermes)
Raymond Couvègnes
1935

Poitiers /  Hermes   Poitiers /  Hermes

Description

Relief showing Hermes, god of trade, with the coat of arms of Poitiers, flanked by Ceres (left, with a cornucopia) and Flora (with flowers), above the entrance gate of the former Chamber of Commerce (at present: Residence Hermes).

Inscription(s)

Signed:
R. COUVEGNES
sculpteur
per gnd prix de rome
1935

Mercurius' attributes

Mercurius/Hermes is usually depicted as a young man wearing winged shoes (talaria) and a winged hat (petasos), and carrying the caduceus, a herald's staff with two entwined snakes that was Apollo's gift to Hermes

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 46°34'55" E 0°20'34"

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