Statuette of a standing woman


About this object

Statuette of a standing, young woman, the jar she holds is a restoration. The lack of any other attributes makes it difficult to identify who the female is. The hair of the woman is parted in a central part and pulled into a bun. Her pose is frontal and her head is lowered slightly. Her left hand is raised to grasp the bodice of her dress. She wears a sleeveless chiton with long overfolds. The back of the dress is flat.
The statuette was heavily restored and chemically treated and as a result has a mix of granular and smooth but shiny surfaces.. Restorations include the right arm from below the elbow, the lower legs carved as one with the feet and the plinth; the section of the drapery below the right knee, finger of the left hand and strut, neck and drapery at the neckline. Although broken and reattached the head must have belonged to the same body. The restored nose originally fixed with a dowel is now missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Blundell identified this as a Bacchante. Appears in NML photograph displayed in the Pantheon. Bartman believes the statuette to be a votive of a Roman goddess such as Juno or Ceres. The statue has often been associated with Nemesis because of the gesture of her left hand and because Nemesis is often represented tugging on her drapery, usually at shoulder level. Bartman observes that the Ince statuette only slightly touches her garment rather than the dramatic movement of Nemesis. Furthermore she observes that the Ince example lacks any of the Nemesis's attributes: the griffin and the rod.
  • 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
Object view = Humanities
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