Male Bust



Bust of a young male with a fillet around his head. The hair is incised at the top of the head but long and in curls on the sides or a face framing fringe. A bound fillet separes the short incised hair at the top from the long sides. The face is of an idealised young person, either a god or a mortal. Bartman proposed that the group belonged to the tradition of idealised youths with Archaic or Severe style features. The short curls or krobylos on each side of the hair below the fillet is a feature of early classical work. The bust was considered to be a copy of an original of the fifth century BC. The mouth, nose, chin, neck and bust have been restored, the front of the head is ancient but there are restorations at the back. The restorations are in the style of Cavaceppi from whom Blundell acquired the head: elongaged bust with a concave base, the nose, lips and chin carved as a single piece with irregular edges. Cavaceppi also used to carefully match the marbles and to give youths a tone of seriousness.