Hermes is named after the Greek god of transitions and boundaries, and takes its name from the bust in the upper right corner.
Hermes harks back to the grand Victorian tradition of the Cabinet of Curiosities, combining several objects of interest within a decorative surrounding.
There are three skulls in Hermes. This one tops a bizarre anatomical construction inside a glass vessel.
A stream of gold braid and pearls cascades from a snail shell, mounted atop an ornate gilded column.
The bust of Hermes has lost its head. In its place is the skull of a rabbit. Transitions and boundaries.
A third skull peers sightlessly from the head of this venerable sea captain. Sic transit gloria mundi.
height: 920 mm
width: 370 mm
depth: 180 mm
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