Statuette of a standing woman

59.148.33

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
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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
  • 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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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:

  • Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D

    Author: Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D
    Publisher:
    Date: 1959-04
    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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