Kerykeion

The kerykeion, a herald’s staff, is associated with Hermes’ attribute as the bringer of blessings, appearing as a golden forked twig. The origin of the kerykeion is not known. Kerykeia were used as cult objects in sanctuaries and dedicated as votive offerings either new or after having served. From the 5th century B.C., kerykeia sometimes were topped with animal heads.