About this object

Torso of a satyr identified for the remains of the beard on the chest and his pubic hair with a vertical line rising almost onto his navel. His left arm would have been raised as it appears from the movement of the left arm, his right one was lowered and his head would have been turned to the left. It is difficult to reconstruct the pose of the lower limps but they may have been represented in a steady pose with only the slight inclination of the hips. There is breakage in the area of the buttocks and Ashmole believed that there may have been an attachment there with another figure possibly a Bacchus. However it is typical of Satyr to be supported by the bigger god rather than the other way around and there is also no traces of the intertwinned legs as it is common in such groups. The breakage may have been from a tree trunk that may have been used to add to the rustic character of the Satyr.
Copy of an original of about the fourth century BC.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
  • 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
    380 mm x 220 mm x 170 mm x 11.5 kg
  • Note
    Bartman notes that the torso shows no signs of reworking and that it is possible that Blundell saw it in the studio of the artist and appreciated it for its emphasis on the well muscled body.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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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.

  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description: This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grant Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the preeminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell has strong competition from other collectors, British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.


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
  • Bartolomeo Cavaceppi

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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