About this object

Fragment of a portrait of a man restored on a modern bust.
The head is life-size and looks straight ahead. His hair is thick and tousled and five main locks fall onto this forehead, sweeping left and right from a small parting above the left eye. He has a small mouth with a protruding upper-lip, making him look slightly sulky. There are indications that he had a short, curly beard, although this has been badly weathered. The modelling of the mouth is according to Poulsen of the Domitian period, or the Neronian Flavian period ( between 60-90 AD ). Beards are normally associated with the Hadrian period but were known in earlier examples on coins and in private portraiture.

In addition to the nose, bust and base, the whole back part of the head from the temples and including the crown of the head has been restored. The restoration show a resemblance to the works by Cavaceppi: the angular carving and overlapping flame like tufts with a bipartite termination. The head leans forward in the typical neo-classical manner and the bust is long and narrow resting on a low wide base. A patch on the right hand side of the neck has been broken off.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Neronian; Flavian; 60 AD - 90 AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    520 mm x 125 mm x 170 mm
  • Note
    Displayed in the Garden Temple. The head restored in Cavaceppi's workshop.
  • 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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