About this object

Bust of a young male with a fillet around his head. The hair is incised at the top of the head but long and in curls on the sides or a face framing fringe. A bound fillet separes the short incised hair at the top from the long sides. The face is of an idealised young person, either a god or a mortal. Bartman proposed that the group belonged to the tradition of idealised youths with Archaic or Severe style features. The short curls or krobylos on each side of the hair below the fillet is a feature of early classical work.

The bust was considered to be a copy of an original of the fifth century BC. The mouth, nose, chin, neck and bust have been restored, the front of the head is ancient but there are restorations at the back. The restorations are in the style of Cavaceppi from whom Blundell acquired the head: elongaged bust with a concave base, the nose, lips and chin carved as a single piece with irregular edges. Cavaceppi also used to carefully match the marbles and to give youths a tone of seriousness.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • 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
    470 mm x 250 mm x 150 mm x 22 kg
  • Note
    Ashmole compared it with a head in the Terme Museum. Examples of krobylos, the side locks underneath the fillet in the dancers group of the Villa Papiri, portraits of Antinous in his Mondragone mode but with an Hellenistic coiffure. Bartman commented that this head is much more simple and more like in the Augustan and later Julio Claudian classicism, even evoling the Poliklytan Diadumenos.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (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:

  • Bildwerke nach Polyklet

    Detlev Krenkenbom

    Author: Detlev Krenkenbom
    Publisher: Gebr. Mann Verlag,
    Date: 1990
    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: This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grant Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the preeminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell has strong competition from other collectors, British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Bartolomeo Cavaceppi

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