Portrait of a man restored as double herm with female portrait

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About this object

Portrait of an old man restored as a double herm with a female portrait. Only the front park of the male head is ancient and portrays an elderly man with wrinkles There are three lines on his forehead forming a triangle and deep grooves around his nose and his sagging cheeks. The eyebrows contract and are bushy with some wrinkles around the eyes and a serious expression. He has short hair and some locks combed onto the forehead and arranged in two small forks, one above the inner left eye and another around the external corner of the right eye. The portrait may have come from a grave relief and the restoration with the older woman was probably due to the fact the back part of the head was missing. There was disagreement as to the actual dating of the male portrait and whether it was Trajanic or Republican. Jane Fejfer proposed a late Republican early Augustan period There is no evidence for the two portraits having belonged together, the male one being much earlier in date.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    70 AD - 110 AD about
  • 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
    500 mm; 19 11/16 in
  • Note
    Jane Fejfer compared it with grave relief in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, inv. 962 and with portrait inv. 323,1 in Munich Glyptotek/
  • 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 I - the Portraits. Part 1: The Female Portraits

    Fejfer, Jane; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Fejfer, Jane; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: HMSO
    Date: 1991
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture. Volume I - the Portraits. Part 2: The Roman Male Portraits

    Fejfer, J

    Author: Fejfer, J
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1997
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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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