Statue of Man with Ivy-Wreath


About this object

Male imperial portrait with many restorations that left it in a poor condition. The man wears an ivy wreath around his head a feature associated with poets. He has a short beard, a tousled curly hairstyle and snaked shaped curls around his temples and forehead. The face is slightly triangular and the mouth is small with parted lips. The drill was used to create a deeper light/shadow effect. The head is similar to the type known as Hadrianus Renatus. The slightly raised left arm supports both ends of the mantle, and the right holds a scroll. The body belongs to the type known as Huftmanteltypus, used as portrait type in late Republic, early Imperial times: an idealised naked body only partially covered by a himation. The surface of the whole statue was also treated twice in modern times.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    125 AD - 150 AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1990 mm x 865 mm x 520 mm x 578.5 kg
  • Note
    Purchased by Blundell from a sculptor in London and said to come from a collection in Rome. It was included in Blundell's engravings and Blundell mentioned at least two restorations before it came to his collections. Waagen and Michaelis believed that the head did not belong to the body, Ashmole doubted whether the head was ancient and Wegner as not ancient. Ashmole and Dahn: the deep folds of the drapery with the flat ribbon edges may date the Ince copy to the Claudian era (41-54 AD ). Howard attributed the restorations to Cavaceppi. Similar to a portrait in Palazzio Pitte in Florence , dated around 130 AD.
  • 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
Object view = Humanities
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