Head of a Herm (Primary Title)
Herms are a type of sculpture that developed in the sixth century BCE in Greece and have remained popular in Western art ever since. Ancient herms consist of a head (usually bearded) on a tall pillar from which posts (suggesting arms) and an erect phallus project. Early herms served as boundary and distance markers with a sacred character similar to a roadside shrine. This Roman version was created as part of the “neo-Attic” movement, when artists sought to emulate earlier styles developed in Athens.
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