About this object

Bust of a nymph, probably from a underlfe size statuette of the group known as 'The invitation to dance'. The group represented a Satyr playing the cymbals with a nymph. The bust is probably from a different piece and an 18th century restoration but is of the same quality marble as the face. The nymph has her head turned to the left slightly looking upwards and she smiles with her mouth half open. The hair is tied at the back in an elegant bow and rendered in thick grooves at the top of the head. A snail shaped streak of hair is by each side of the face. At the forehead there are short curved streaks that may have been later added onto the face.

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
    415 mm x 183 mm
  • Note
    Julia Habetzeder from Uppsala University examined the bust on 9/10/2015 as part of her post- doc research. She noted it is an exellent example of the type normally associated with the group 'The invitation to dance'. The group was reconstructed by Wilhelm Klein in 1909 as a Roman copy of a popular Hellenistic theme. https://www.academia.edu/2065113/The_impact_of_restoration._The_example_of_the_dancing_satyr_in_the_Uffizi
  • 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.

  • A Selection from the Ince Blundell Hall Marbles

    Author:
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    Date: 1961
    Description:

  • 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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