About this object

A statue of the Greek god Dionysus or Roman Bacchus, as a young man. He has a hipshot pose, with the right right leg straight and the left leg bent. He looks towards the left. He is naked with a skin of an aninal hanging underneath his left armpit. His left hand is a restoration and holds a drinking cup ( kantharos ). His right arm embraces a thyrsos, a stick decorated with laurel or myrtle and associated with the Dionysian revellers. The god has his head slightly titled and has a naive expression. He wears a fillet on the crown of his head, his hair is long and untamed and falls onto his neck. Although he is easily identified as Bacchus because of the nebris and the thyrsos, he does not wear the typical crown of ivy and grapes.
It has been suggested that the statue is a Roman copy of a Dionysus by the ancient Greek sculptor of the 5th century BC, Polykleitos, though this sculpture is much more slender in proportions than the style of Polykleitos's statues.
Although the head does not fit the torso, it is from the same statue.
The statue group of a Satyr and Hermaphrodite (59.148.30) was found in the same context and Blundell records that it was bought from the widow of the La Piccola who was the keeper of the Capitol.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD - 2nd 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: Salone
  • Date collected
    1760
  • Measurements
    1660 mm
  • Note
    Compared by Furtwangler with statuettes in Berlin, Dresden and Petworth and attributed to the Polykleitan school. Bartman comments that the comparables had been heavily restored and that the type may have derived from post classical school.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Niccolo La Piccola (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Publications

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    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.

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  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

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    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
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  • Digging and Dealing in eighteenth-century Rome

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    Author: Bignamini, I and Hornsby,C.
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Date: 2010
    Description: A catalogue of sites excavated in Italy in the 18th century complete with records of findings and maps. A section on dealers and other characters in 18th century collecting of antiquities, includes an entrry on Henry Blundell and references to some of the sculptures in the department of antiquities at World Museum.

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

    Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D

    Author: Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D
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    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
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    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
  • Niccolo La Piccola

    Owned from: 1760
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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