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
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • Materials
  • 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 x 160 mm
  • Note
    Bartman identified 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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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
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