About this object

A small statue of the goddess Artemis, wearing a short chiton that has been tucked under and girdled in the fashion of Amazon statues. The godess holds in her left hand an arrow and has her right hand raised probably holding her bow. The left leg leans onto a tree trunk where the quiver rests and the skull of an animal on it. The right leg is extended backwards counterbalancing the body. The statue has been extensively restored with the old plinth let into a modern one. The head does not belong to the body, and may be modern, the arms are also restorations The body is a small-scale Roman copy of a Greek statue of the second half of the 5th Century BC.
Although the attributes suggest Artemis, there is an affinity with some of the types of statues of Amazons made in the 5th century BC.

Blundell's 'Account' records that the statue was 'found in some ruins near the Palatine Hill at Rome'.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    595 mm x 230 mm x 140 mm x 11 kg
  • Note
    The statuette has been reworked from a pre-existing block whose vestiges are visible at the back of the strut; the original purpose of the block is indeterminate.The statue wears the chiton girt that can be found in the Artemis and Iphigeneia group from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.The back of the statue is roughly worked. Elizabeth Bartman considered the small scale of the statuette to be an indication of workship in the private context of a house or perhaps intended for the decoration of a Roman villa or a garden.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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