About this object

Head of Apollo recognised as the popular type known as Apollo Lykeios, a statue made by Praxiteles and described by Lucian as being in the Lykeion in Athens. The statue was popular because it represented Apollo as a youthful male, relaxed and simple in representation. The head lacks the main feature of the popular statue, the right arm resting on top of the head but has the characteristic hairstyle. The head turns to the right, his lips are parted. The most distinct feature of the head is his hairstyle with the topknot. He is young but not that effeminine compared to statues such as the Apollo the Belvedere. The head has had extensive restorations which make it diffiult to date but it is probably of the Early Imprerial Roman period. Bartman noted that despite the lack of provenance for the head it probably originated from Rome and that it is similar to the statue in the British Museum, one in the Palazzo Mattei and a torso in the Borghese. The Ince head may have belonged to the Borghese torso which belonged to the Mattei but was restored falsely with the head of Augustus.
The bust is ancient but alien to the head and wears a paludamemtum which is secured on the right shoulder with a large brooch. The intermediate piece of the the neck and the collarbone was a later restoration. Restorations are also on the nose and upper lip with the chin being added. There is breakage at the top of the head where the right arm would have been attached. There is some reworking in the area that separated the hair from the face and triangle of the hairknot above the forehead.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Imperia early probably
  • 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
    930 mm x 630 mm
  • Note
    Blundell compared it with a head of Apollo in the Capitol and described the hair as a kind of diadem. He also expressed his admiration and knowledge for the best example of Apollo the Belvedere.
  • 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:

  • Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae

    Author:
    Publisher: Artemis
    Date: 1981
    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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