Statuette of Draped Woman

59.148.4

About this object

Statuette of a heavily draped woman in a conventional chiton and mantle that reveals little of her body. Although the draped folds are rather repetitive, interesting details are the bunching of the thin chiton along the sleeves and the pattern of folds in the hemline of the chiton. There is a little movement in her posture, the right leg is bent and arched, the left leg rooted on the plinth.
Bartman believes that the small head in profile ( one sixth of the total height ) corresponds to the proportional system introduced by Lysippos in the later 4th century BC. The inspiration for the statuette most have originated from ancient Greece but was executed in the Roman period. The head also evokes the post classical age in the severe expression. The hair is simply arranged with waves, emanating from the central part and hanging loosely around the face, ending in a low bun. Stray wisps escape in front of the ears and above the forehead and some longer tresses behind the ears fall onto the shoulders. There is a bowtie knot at the top of the crown. Such knots are usually associated with Aphrodite although the clothing of this statue does not match that of an Aphrodite. Blundell and others have interpreted the statuette as Ceres and this would correspond to the clothing and the posture of the deity but not the coiffure and the knot at the top of the head. Bartman proposes the combination of a feminine coiffure with the heavy drapery to be relevant to Hygeia or a Muse. However the lack of any atrributes in the statuette make its interpretation enigmatic.

Restorations include the right arm from above the elbow, the edge of the sleeve, the left arm and wrist and hand, parts of the diagonal fold of the drapery. The mantle has also been reworked many of the drapery folds made deeper and evened out. The head was broken and reattached with a sliver of marble. The nose was probably recut as well as the mouth and the jawline.

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
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    1460 mm x 420 mm
  • Note
    A 1959 photograph shows the statuette at the top of the staircase of the Ince Blundell Hall, in an niche standing on a cinerary urn, a common mode for an 18th century display.
  • 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:

  • Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D

    Author: Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D
    Publisher:
    Date: 1959-04
    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: 1959
    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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