Figurine of Mercury

Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0
Object type: Figurine
Period: Roman
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 25/03/2022
Location: Winteringham, North Lincolnshire


This head from a figurine wears a plain round hat with a pronounced rim with the remnants of two wings, known as a petasos. This indicates that this was probably Mercury. Like other Roman gods, Mercury had a few strings to his bow being the god of travellers, trickery and thieves. He was most associated with commerce and merchants, from which his name derives. This is a Find of Note; County Importance.