About this object

Head of a Mystes (one who has been initiated), a follower of the Eleusinian mystery cult. The child or youth has a serene expression slightly looking down, the hair is arranged in a fillet or she is wearing a rib band.This bust may be a copy from a bronze original of about the middle of the fifth century BC, ascribed to Lykios, the son of Myron. The nose and bust have been restored and the face except from the forehead were re-worked.

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
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    425 mm x 246 mm x 170 mm
  • Note
    Ashmole suggested a link to the bronze girls from the Herculaneum and it is has been rightly identified may have been bought from Bartolomeo Cavaceppi.
  • 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: 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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