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Mercury medallion

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Street:31-32 East Street
Town:Chichester
Parish:Chichester
Council:Chichester District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:PO19
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Object setting:On building
Access is:Public
Location note:Affixed to the wall of the building, centre of 2nd. Floor, north side of East Street
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:140
Grid reference:C7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:SU8604

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Name : Unknown

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General Information

Construction period:19th century
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Unknown
Object listing:Not listed
Building listing:II
Listing date:08/10/1971
Description:Large sculptural relief medallion of the God Mercury affixed to the centre of the 2nd. Floor area of the building.
Iconographical description:In Roman mythology, Mercury was a major god of trade, profit and commerce, the son of Maia Maiestas and Jupiter. His name is related to the Latin word merx (''merchandise''). In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms, but most of his characteristics and mythology were borrowed from the analogous Greek deity Hermes. Like Hermes, he was a messenger of the gods and a god of trade, particularly of the grain trade. Mercury was also considered a god of abundance and commercial success, particularly in Gaul. He was also, like Hermes, the Romans' psychopomp, leading newly-deceased souls to the afterlife.

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Classification

Categories:Architectural, Sculptural
Object type1:Medallion
Object type2:Relief
Subject type1:Mythological

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Object Parts

Part 1:Relief medallion
     Material:Painted terracotta
     Width (cm):100
     Depth (cm):100

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:01/05/2007

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Hard archive file:No

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