The head of ancient Greek god Hermes was unearthed in Athens during sewer work, authorities at the culture ministry said Sunday.
It was a bust that most likely dated back to around 300 B.C, the Associated Press reported. While most depictions of the ancient “winged messenger” god are youthful, this one showed the god, who goes by Mercury in Roman mythology, at “a mature age,” the culture ministry said.
The Greek sculptor Alcamenes was most likely the artist, the AP said, citing the ministry. Alcamenes flourished in the second half of the fifth century B.C., according to Encyclopedia Britannica, renowned for his delicate and finessed details of his works.