About this object

Male head fitted onto a bust. The man is of middle age, he has a slightly angular face looking down and to the right, a strong nose and deep grooves on his face. His eyes are deep set and covered by a frowning brow. His expression is austere and he has wrinkles on his forehead. His hair is short and tousled with a characteristic s shape locks at the forehead. Based on these features Ashmole identified the head as one of the Menander. The original Greek portrait was said to have been created by the Hellenistic Greek sculptor Kephisodotus together with Timarchos. Ashmole considered the Ince example close to the Vatican one and much harsher than the same type as 59.148.177. Menander was an Athenian comedy writer ( b. 3420 d290 BC ) who wrote about 105 plays. He received greater esteem after his death and considered to be equal to Homer. Menander was an Athenian comedy writer ( b. 3420 d290 BC ) who wrote about 105 plays. He received greater esteem after his death and considered to be equal to Homer. He was a popular sculpture head used by the Romans to emphasise their links to Hellenistic rulers and to promote their status as men of learning.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    600 mm x 300 mm
  • Note
    Blundell interpreteted the head as one of Seneca and referring to the story of his death.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, 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.

  • 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:

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: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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