About this object

Double herm, plausibly both individuals identified as water gods because of the fins and scales. The younger male is definitely associated with water, shown by the moustache of water-weed and a fish on the bust. Helbig suggested based on herms and terracotas found in the shrine of Diana at Nemi that the heads could be personification of lake Albano and Nemi. Bartman identified the piece as a modest version of a well known type of a young man associated with water but looking like a satyre and an older version executed in much more detail. The older person has similar facial features and a heavy beard with spirralling locks. The beard has acquatic plants in flat relief instead of hair and fronds hang from the lower lip onto the beard. Bartman does not rule out an association with the lakes as identified by Ashmole. The dual representation would fit the theme of transcience associated with lakes in Roman times.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • 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
    155 mm x 95 mm x 110 mm
  • Note
    Ashmole noted that similar double herms were in Capitoline Museum, in the Antike Kunstvaerker museum in Copenhagen and in the unknown privat collection in England. Ashmole believed them to be personifications of two lakes from Rome: Albano and Nemi
  • 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: 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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