Gods' relief from Delos
The love of Classical works and even earlier ones led to retrospective imitation and the prevailing of archaistic tendencies from the 2nd century BCE. One of the loveliest works of this art is this relief from the House of the Lake. Hermes with the caduceus in his right hand leads a procession of Gods - Athena, Apollo and Artemis. The garments are rendered with the overlapping folds known as 'swallow tails', characteristic of archaic art. However the garland with the bucrania in the upper part of the relief is a clearly Hellenistic creation.
Marble relief, House of the Lake.

Delos Museum, A9

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