About this object

The statue is in two parts, the head and the bust which they did not belong to each other. The head is of a young female, executed in an idealised way, the face is of delicate physiognomy, the eyes perfectly oval and the mouth small and curvareous. She has a perky and bright expression which may indicate that she is a goddess or a mythological figure executed in a post classical mode. Her hair is also heavily idealised, she has thick ropey strands of hair with a wave from the centre to the longer shoulder rocks. However as there are no particular attributes it is difficult to identify her. It is also difficult to tell whether the bust is ancient or from18th century. The hair on the crown is unfinished and this suggests that it may have not been intended to be seen and may have been covered, most likely by a diadem. The head is weathered and has breakage. it is very different to Grand Tour collections and other female Ince Blundell pieces. The bust also has some unusual features such as the tunic which is worn under a heavy cloak and encircles the torso with the curved neckline. Several folds descending from the left shoulder fall diagonally across the chest and there is a buldge on the right, at the point of the right elbow with the arm bending upwards. Bartman noted that this a familiar pose for statues of Pudicia but proposed that the cloak links this statue more with the type of Aspasia. Bartman's interpretation believed that the Ince example may have been cut out of an ancient whole statue of Aspasia. The underside of it does not have a finished edge and is not turned upwards at the sides. In Roman times Aspasia was popular as a Greek original and a stocky type for female portraits.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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
    660 mm x 520 mm
  • Note
    Blundell named the statue as Ariadne as this would be the most popular identification for for idealised female mythological statues with no specific characteristics. This reflects the popularity of the Vatican's reclining Ariadne and of Capitoline's Bacchus.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, 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.

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • 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:

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
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