About this object

Statuette of a female in archaizing style, identified as Tyche. The head ( probably Augustan ) is placed on an archaizing body to which it does not belong. The female faces the front and has her left leg forward, the advancement of the leg exaggerated by the restorer. Despite the exaggerated movement the drapery is rather static, clinging onto the body rather than hang vertically. She wears a long peplos with a sleeved chiton, the overall costume is well preserved apart from the lower hem. The peplos hangs over the chiton and is arranged in a V made of swallowtail folds which fall assymetrically. The right breast was repaired and it was probably broken because there must have been an attached hand or attribute. The alien head which was attached by the restorer is of the Munich Tyche type, although a lot more ovoid than the Munich type. The diadem stands on the crown but it is not well rendered at the back. The hair is chiselled in lines and radiate from the apex of the crown. Three long ringlets frame the face on either side and they were probably hung over the shoulder onto the bosom in the torso that was lost.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • 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
    1300 mm x 380 mm x 310 mm
  • Note
    Elizabeth Bartman comments: the initial attribution of the female as Nemesis in a letter by Townley to Blundell is probably not correct because the tradition of attributing Nemesis in an archaistic manner is very limited. The attribution may have been made because of the association of archaistic types with the stern morality and vengeance of the goddess. Bartman identified the kore as an Athena. The alien head which was attached by the restorer is of the Munich Tyche type and was extremely popular in Rome. Elizabeth Bartman notes that the head of 59.148.82 is likely to come from Rome. Initially the Munich Tyche type was given an early Greek date but recent scholars believe it was more of an invention of a Neo-Attic workshop.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); 1st Baron Cawdor (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:

Events

  • Sale of the effects of 1st Baron Cawdor

    Start date: 1800-06
    End date: 1800-06
    Description: Sale of the effects of John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor, in London.

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: 1800-06
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • 1st Baron Cawdor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1800-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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