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A copper alloy figurine of the god Mercury (height 88mm), portrayed naked, except for a winged hat and a cloak draped over his left shoulder and arm. In his right hand he holds a money bag.

Mercury is the best represented divinity in Britain. His classical role is one of a messenger and, more importantly, as patron of merchants, travel, trade and crafts. The figurine is very worn, which may indicate that it had been carried in a pocket or purse as a good luck charm.

The figurine is part of a collection of Roman copper alloy objects and coins from Llys Awel, Conwy.

Accession number 81.35H/2
Image reference: DH000186

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