About this object

Under life-size statue of Apollo, leaning against a tripod with a snake. The god is depicted in a hipshot pose with the weight on the straight right leg. The torso is mainly the ancient piece, the ancient arms do not survive but it is very likely that the god raised his right arm and lowered the left. The left may have rested on a large object that was doweled into place at the left hip. The youth and appearance of the god suggest he is either Apollo or Dionysus. The strap across the torso may had been for a quiver or a cithara, both attributes of Apollo. He slightly leans in his pose. A missing dowel suggests that there was a musical instrument attached to the left arm as an accessory. The presence of a tripod with a snake entwined in its legs and a vessel in the right hand suggest a mysticism, relevant to the god Apollo.
There are restorations from different marble especially in the head and the neck, the arms below the shoulder, the right knee, the left lower calf, the tripod which has been executed in two parts, a basin and the stand. The strut also serves to attach the tripod to the left leg and another joins at the calves, a dowel hole below the left hip was possibly used to attach his cithara. Blundell mentions a vessel in the right hand but today it grasps a baton. There is erosion in numerous surfaces such as the ends of the hair, the nipples, the patches of the right shoulder and quiver.The modern plinth is also in pieces.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD
  • 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
    1410 mm x 670 mm x 410 mm
  • Note
    Ashmole compared this statue with the torso in Mariemont where the god carried a quiver on his back. Bartman compares it with excavated examples of Apollo as a cithara player: one found in the north annex of the Gymnasium Baths in Salamis in Cyprus and another from the frigidarium of the West Baths of Chercel. Bartman dates the statue based on such examples to the 2nd century AD and proposes that this a Roman metropolitan example rather than a provincial, displayed in a public or private setting. The restorer took the inspiration from the Apollo the Belvedere especially in the hair and face. The idea of the tripod may have come from representations of Apollo on coins and sculptures such as that of Dresden depicting a relaxed Apollo of the Lykeios type.
  • 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
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  • Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae

    Author:
    Publisher: Artemis
    Date: 1981
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
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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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