Bearded herm

Inv. Scu 395

The bearded herm, featuring an unidentifiable divinity, wears a triangular diadem fastened by a broad band (tenia) with flaps falling on the shoulders.

A pair of short horns protrude from above the forehead, partly hidden by the bushy locks of hair framing the face; the horns, the rather narrow eyes and the tense expression of the face give the herm something animal-like.
The plastic modelling of the hair contrasts with that of the beard which consists in a series of flat cork-screw locks, whose linear rendering seems to stem from an original sculpture in bronze.

The sculpture can be dated to the Antonine age.

Presumably it was purchased for the Capitoline Museum in 1733 along with the bulk of the collection of the cardinal Alessandro Albani