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, 130 AD - 138 AD

LL 208

About this object

Antinous was the favourite lover of the Emperor Hadrian (born AD 76, died AD 138), accompanying him on tours of his Empire. Hadrian visited Egypt in AD 130, along with both his wife and Antinous, and embarked on a voyage up the River Nile. On 24 October Antinous drowned in the river. It lead to a public outpouring of grief on the part of Hadrian. The extent of their love for one another was indicated by reports that Hadrian wept for him 'like a woman’. It is thought that Antinous might have sacrificed himself to the Gods in order to ensure Hadrian’s prosperity. Antinous became something of a celebrity after his death. He was deified (worshipped as a God) and a new city named Antinopolis was founded near the site of his death. Hadrian erected statues, such as this one, which embodied an ideal form of youthful beauty, throughout his Empire.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Art; Sculpture; Statue of Antinous; Sculpture; Statue of Antinous; Statue of Antinous
  • Artist(s)
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date
    130 AD - 138 AD
  • Materials
  • Measurements
    2325 mm x 690 mm x 901 mm
  • Physical description
    Heroic size marble statue of Antinous, a youth of renowned beauty from Bithynia in northwest Asia Minor (Turkey).
  • Related people
    Antinous (Subject of); Thomas Hope (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Collector, previous owner); Giovanni Pierantoni (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Inventory Number: X2170
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 19
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Thomas Hope

    Owned from: 1796
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1831
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giovanni Pierantoni

    Owned from: 1794
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1796
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1917
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


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