Statuette of Hermes

59.148.27

About this object

Statuette of a boy wearing winged sandals, which identifes him as Hermes (the Roman Mercury). The pose is relaxed but although his left leg is advanced his torso is frontal and he looks rather formal. His body is supported by a strut on which a caduceus is curved . He looks older than a toddler possibly over 4 years old. He was known as Baby Hermes and it could be a portrait of a boy from a funerary context. It is not certain that the head belonged to the body , there are signs of recutting on both the neck and the torso. Bartman proposed that both head and torso were probably from a portrait piece rather than an idealist statuette as representation of a young Hermes are very rare. The head is very individual with a high forehead and a receding hairline. His mouth is open to reveal his teeth. He has curly hair coiled in a snail pattern. He has an African look and his eyes are narrow with a pointed outer corrner and they are undrilled although it is from the 2nd century AD. The arms are restorations and the figure was broken and reattached at the ankles. The left shoulder has a large patch and a piece missing from the back of the neck.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD mid
  • 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
    765 mm x 315 mm
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); John Thorpe (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
  • John Thorpe

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