Archaistic Head of Male

59.148.119

About this object

Archaistic head of a male, previously interpreted as a female by Ashmole and Michaelis because of the long locks of the shoulder which Bartman observed as common to many archaistic male busts. There are several rows of stacked snail curls around the forehead and the temples and longer corkscrew curls covering the ears and longer wavy locks over the shoulders. Ashmole described the head as lifeless and it possibly a copy of an original because of its excellent condition and the use of chisel for the locks which gives the head a bland look unusual for the Archaic type of works. The head also has a peculiar diadem which is rounded rather than flat and grooved. The style may be eclectic especially in the oval shape of the face and the fleshly lips. Bartman noted that the hair is not linear as in the Archaic tradition and there is a lack of the typical Archaic smile and therefore more of the Archaistic style. The Albani head may have served as a model for the Ince piece. The back crown of the head has been deliberately aged with pinprick holes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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
    400 mm x 210 mm
  • Note
    Appears in NML photograph displayed in the Pantheon. Bartman found analogies with with the bearded herm in the Villa Albani no 109.
  • 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.

  • 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
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