Bust of a Young Man



Bust of a young male crowned with ivy leaves, suggesting a representation of either Antinous, known as the companion and lover of the emperor Hadrian or the god Dionysos/Bacchus. The head appears to have been recut, the bust if from 18th century. The elaborate hairstyle suggests a god or an idealised hero. The head must have been one of the late acquisitions of Blundell when he was buying from auctions in London, the Ince number is a big number.