About this object

Statuette of a female in archaistic style, combining classical and archaic features. Both the head and the body are ancient but did not belong to each other and were probably restored together to make the statue a collectable piece. She wears a girded peplos with a long overfold. Above her waist the drapery is in a series of V shaped curves, below the waist in rigid verticals which finish in zig zags. The statue is symmetrical and linear, the only motion suggested by the forward right foot. The drapery is different in each of the legs: on the right it is stretched but on the left the folds reveal the leg. The right hand pulls the drapery and the left one curves below the breast and was holing an attribute that is now lost. Both hands are long and elegant. Bartman interpreted her pose and costume ( although missing the attributes of the polos and the torch ), as similar to statues of Hecate, popular across the Mediterranean. However Hecate was represented in a triad rather than a single statue and there is no evidence of this statue being cut down from a triad. The original type for the representation of Hecates probably derived from the Alcamenes' statue of 425 BC in the Athenian Akropolis. The goddess retained her apotropaic and spiritual power in Roman times. Evidence for this is the painted sancturary scene on a wall of the Second Style cubiculum of Boscoreale.
The style of the head is archaistic with several rows of bulbous curls arranged in rows and encircling the head like a halo and long shoulder locks descend from behind the ears. Her eyelids are heavy and give her a rather primitive appearance while the mouth is curvaceous.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • 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
    780 mm x 240 mm
  • Note
    Bartman comments: a similar hairstyle in the third figure of an archaistic relief depicting the Three Graces from Hadrianic times. Such coiffure may have derived from the kouros of the sanctuary of Apollo Ptoios in Athens Archaeological Museum or the young male in the Brother and Sister stele at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • 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:

  • Egypt, Rome and the concept of universal history

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: The British School at Rome
    Date: 2011
    Description: Proceedings of a conference held at the British School at Rome in 2006. Important as the Grand Tour was, there was much more to the cultural relationship between Britain and Rome in the eighteenth century than this. The contributions to this volume look at this relationship from the perspective of the Italian, as well as the British and other European visitors: Rome in the eighteenth century stood for cosmopolitanism rather than national rivalry, and had moved beyond being the centre for the renaissance of antiquity to being a place where the cross-pollination of the modern with the ancient allowed the culture of Europe to flower in new and unexpected ways.

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

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description: This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grant Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the preeminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell has strong competition from other collectors, British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.

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
Object view = Humanities
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