About this object

Bust of a satyr. The head is mounted on a squared 18th century bust.
Both the ears were restored, although the right one is now missing, therefore it is difficult to specify whether this was really a Satyr. He has tiny horns above the forehead, thick, and spiky hairlooks and an open mouth, revealing his teeth. He has a grin and his head is to the back and up, similar to most examples of satyr sculptures. He was also perhaps engaged with another figure. Bartman suggested either a baby Bacchus on his shoulder or perhaps he gazed at something held aloft as in the Capitoline's Red Faun. His cheeks are chubby but that's probably to do with the restorer. Bartman observed that the head is not square or round as in most satyrs but has more the shape of a long oval and it is narrow. It seems disproportionate to the thick neck and may have been reduced by recutting. His open eyes are not that typical of satyrs either and are set under an arching brow. The forehead ends in a hairline not that well connected to the skin. The back of the head is also restored, the face has a shine, properly due to extensive cleaning and it may also have been reworked.

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
    437 mm x 190 mm
  • Note
    Bartman viewed the bust as the modern work of a mediocre sculptor.
  • 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:

  • 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
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