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Herm:

see Channel IslandsChannel Islands,
archipelago (2005 est. pop. 156,000), 75 sq mi (194 sq km), 10 mi (16 km) off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. The main islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark, and there are several smaller islands, including Herm, Jethou, and
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, British dependency.

herm

(hûrm), in 6th-century Greek art, vertical pillar surmounted by a bearded human head and often having a phallus below. These structures were considered sacred to Hermes. They were placed on street corners in Athens and used outside the city as milestones. By the end of the Hellenistic era the form was employed for portraiture.

Herm

A rectangular post, usually of stone, tapering downward, surmounted by a bust of Hermes or other divinity or by a human head.

Herm

 

a tetrahedral pillar originally topped by the sculptured head of the god Hermes (hence the name) and later of other gods; from the fifth century B.C. with portraits of statesmen, philosophers, and other important men. Herms served as landmarks and road signs. In the 16th century they became a popular type of decorative and park sculpture.

REFERENCE

Lullies, R. Die Typen der griechischen Herme. Königsberg, 1931.

herm

herm
A rectangular post, usually of stone and tapering downward, surmounted by a bust of Hermes or other divinity, or by a human head.