About this object

Bust of water god, depicting an older man with long and straggly hair and a long beard, seemingly dripping with water. He represents either the god Neptune or a personification of Oceanus or the Tiber. Neptune is not normally represented with a long beard and it is the trident that distinguishes him. The head also lacks a wreathed grass or seaweed that would have been common for aquatic gods. His eyes are very narrow and his brow determined. He has a weary expression that may be deliberate for conveying a topographical personification. The hair strands on the crown and the beard were rendered with deep drilling. Elizabeth Bartman believed this to be accentuating the chiaroscuro effects and further age the face. The two facing dolphins above the forehead as well as the nose, mouth and upper part of the moustache have restorations. The pocked surface of the lower chest and the lower beard have a sheen that suggests chemical treatment. A hole at the back has a huge amount of plaster and this may suggest that it once held a water pipe. The water would have emerged from the mouth and the flatness of the beard around the mouth suggests that there was corrosion.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Marble
  • 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
    530 mm x 360 mm
  • Note
    Appears in NML photograph displayed in the Pantheon. Elizabeth Bartman noted that the bust is a modern creation from a full scale statue, although the hair at the back is in a perfectly alliance with the upper back.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei (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:

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

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    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
  • Bartolomeo Cavaceppi

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giuseppe Mattei

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