About this object

Under life size statuette of Hermes in a frontal pose, his weight on his left leg and the right one slightly bent and pulled back. The head looks to the right, the god held an attribute in his right hand, now lost. In his left hand he holds a caduceus. He wears a long chlamys pinned at the right shoulder and covering his back. His body is muscular with the chest in the classical mode of a male god or hero. The head type is copying a 4th century BC type. The overall character of the piece is eclectic, suggesting that it is a Roman invention.
The head is broken but original and there are restorations on the nose and part of the left cheek, there is a plaster filled area in the crack of the inner right eye. The entire right side of the face is narrower than the left and has therefore been recut. The back of the hair is very damaged and two modern wings are attached. The left foot is ancient and the right one is similar to it.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century BC early; 1st Century AD early
  • Materials
    Marble
  • 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
    1140 mm x 490 mm
  • Note
    Bartman compares the drapery with a Bronze statue from Pompei and dates it to early 1st century BC or AD because it has minimal drillwork and a blurred hair treatment. Not greatly regarded by Ashmole or Michaelis.
    Not comparable with any ancient example but the head related to 4th century BC imagery.
  • Related people
    `Pacetti, Vincenzo (Previous owner); Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Francesco d'Este (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 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
  • Francesco d'Este

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • `Pacetti, Vincenzo

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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