About this object

Torso of a young male, well muscled with lower arms and most of the legs but missing the head and neck. The chest, abdomen and groins are well articulated and detailed as is its back with the shoulder blades, deltois and the spine. The left hip and the right shoulder are lowered in what appears to be a chiastic arrangement of the body. The left leg moves forward and is the free leg while the weight of the body is on the right one. The torso lacks its attributes and cannot be easily identified as a Pan.
The shiny surface of the torso suggests acid cleaning. The torso may have come from the private context of a villa.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
  • 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
    475 mm x 300 mm x 160 mm x 43.5 kg (with base)
  • Note
    Similarities to Dresden youth by Furtwangler, who attributed to the Polykleitan school. Ashmole identified it as belonging to the Pan typology. Bartman compared it to two versions of a Pan, one signed by Cossutii and belonging to Townley and another version from the Villa of Quinitlii ( Roma Vecchia ).
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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    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.

  • 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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