About this object

Male head identified as Apollo of the Kassel type. He has a long ovoid face, a heavy jaw and neck, long narrow eyes and his lips are thick. His hair is in spiral curls which start from the centre part and frame his face in the front while two long braids hang at the back. Two ringlets fall onto the neck behind each ear but they are shorter compared to other examples of the same type of Apollo. This was considered by Furtwangler to be because the sculptor miscalculated the amount of marble required.Bartman observed that the ringlets were partly restored and the rough surface on the neck suggests that the original locks did hang down and they were originally longer. The Apollo of Kassel is believed to have come from a Domitianic villa near Monte Circeo in Latium and Bartman believes that many of the similar heads are also a product of a Roman workshop. Bartman also believes that the head is dated to an Augustan rather than a Hadrianic date and that it is early classical in style, with its soft features and modest drillwork embodying the Augustan ideology of resraint and moral purity. The head is mounted on a modern bust and has been fitted incorrectly with a pronounced downward tilt. The hair has a granular surface that suggests that it was chemically treated.

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
    650 mm x 310 mm x 170 mm
  • Note
    Plaster cast of the head was supplied to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel in 1991. Blundell reports that it came from Rome and that it was found near the sepulchre of Cecilia Metella or Capode Bovi. It belonged to Thomas Jenkins and Blundell bought it together with a bust of Flora. Blundell misidentified it as a portrait of Alexander.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Thomas Jenkins (Collector); 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:

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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