Mercury’s wealth

In this representation, Mercury is shown with a number of attributes which are depicted with great precision. On the rock, next to his right hand, we can clearly see a purse - an allusion to Mercury’s role as patron of traders and to the wealth that he could bring them. This purse is a small stitched pouch which the god held closed (we can even see the creases made by his hand on the fabric of the purse). The artist also added a cross strap which must have closed the pouch.