Hermes Fastening his Sandal c. 320 BCE by School of Lysippos (4th century B.C.), Louvre, Paris is a Roman statue of a resting athlete, paying homage to a lost Greek bronze original. Replicated by many famed sculptors through the ages and said to represent various gods from Jason to Mercury to Hermes although this classical sculpture has none of the god’s attributes. Found in 1769 at Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli near Rome, it is sometimes referred to as the Lansdowne Sandal Binder after the English aristocrat who owned it in the eighteenth century.
A very decorative bust of impressive proportions and a heroic head in the canon of antiquity if ever there was one.