Statue of Athena (the 'Ince Athena')

59.148.8

About this object

Statue of Athena, her weight on her right leg, her left leg with the knee bent to the side and slightly back. The pose and drapery derive from Roman copies of the Ancient Greek statue of Athena Parthenons, while the Corintihian helmet head evoke the type of Athena Velletri. The original Greek type most likely dated to the late 5th century BC. Her head is tilted down and to the right, and she is looking at an object ( today a restored owl but perhaps originally a small figure of Nike ) in her right hand. The left hand may have held a spear, or perhaps a small shield. Athena wears a peplos belted at the waist, with a narrow aegis. Her hair is parted in the centre and pulled back into a long 'ponytail'. She wears a Corinthian helmet. Her expression is serious and she is of a young age.
The statue once belonged to the Palazzo Lante. It was bought by Henry Blundell in 1786 from Thomas Jenkins for £200. Jenkins had bought it from Giovanni Volpato, and its provenance was said to have been Ostia.
The statue is in excellent condition, the head is unbroken from the body and there are only a few restorations.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    World Museum, Ground level, Atrium
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    1786
  • Measurements
    1670 mm
  • Note
    Replica discovered in Hadrian's villa in Tivoli. Townley's version of this Athena, now at the British Museum and King Gustav's at the Royal Museum in Stockholm. Blundell appreciated it for its elegance and simplicity but Townley had dimissed it as coarse.
    Dates suggested for the Roman statue either Augustan ( 27 BC-14 AD ) or from Hadrian times ( 117-138 AD ).
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Thomas Jenkins (Previous owner); Giovanni Volpato (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • A Selection from the Ince Blundell Hall Marbles

    Author:
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    Date: 1961
    Description:

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • Greek Sculpture

    Muskett, Georgina

    Author: Muskett, Georgina
    Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
    Date: 2012
    Description:

  • Greek Sculpture: the Classical period

    Boardman, J

    Author: Boardman, J
    Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
    Date: 1991
    Description:

  • Henry Blundell's Sculpture Collection at Ince Hall

    Vaughan, Gerard

    Author: Vaughan, Gerard
    Publisher: Tate Gallery, Liverpool; National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1989
    Description:

  • Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D

    Author: Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D
    Publisher:
    Date: 1959-04
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection

    Southworth, E

    Author: Southworth, E
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 1991
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description:

  • Tα Meta Keφαλον Kpioν Kpaνη

    Korres, G S

    Author: Korres, G S
    Publisher:
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: 1786
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Jenkins

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1786
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giovanni Volpato

    Owned from: 1784
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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