Egyptianising Statue of Female

59.148.61

About this object

Fragment of a female figure, wearing the nemes headdress, in the appearance of a pharaoh. She has rounded breasts, and the gesture of the arm bent at right angle and resting on the chest and holding a crooked staff, is more typical of women than men. The pharaonic headdress is symbolic of royal status rather than gender, but it is known to have been worn by the female ruler, Hatshepsut, of the 18th Dynasty.
The statue is missing its lower part and has a rough lower surface. The left elbow, lotus and upper back of the pillar have been broken and reattached. The sculpture would have originally been about one metre tall.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Granite
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    315 mm x 210 mm x 175 mm
  • Note
    Henry Blundell interpreted it as a male because of its pharaonic appearance. The records in the 'Engravings' that the figure was found in a well in the Trastevere district of Rome when the well was emptied to be cleaned. The site is known for other foreign cults as well as a cemetery where other Egyptianised works were found. The setting may have been a house or a garden with an Egyptian theme. It is therefore a Roman interpretation of Egyptian work and this is also supported by some unorthodox details such as the placement of the lotus flower on top of the head and the angled profile of the back pillar. It is also lacking of surface polish in both Egyptian and Egyptianising sculpture from Rome. Blundell identified the work as an idol and attributed to it a religious significance that may not be true. He also associated the work with statues in the Capitoline and Villa Albani but the scale of the statue is much smaller.
  • 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:

  • The Egyptian and Egyptianizing Monuments of Imperial Rome

    Roullet, Anne

    Author: Roullet, Anne
    Publisher: Brill
    Date: 1972
    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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