About this object

Marble relief, showing a man seated in right profile on a high-backed throne. He wears a chiton and a mantle over his shoulders. His feet which have sandals rest on a low stool. It is likely that the figure held in his raised left arm,an object, possibly a drinking vessel. The object may had been originally in paint. The subject is either a deity (Zeus or perhaps Dionysos) or a hero. This type of relief is likely to have been an offering rather than a funerary sculpture. The recorded findspots for many of these sculptures suggest they were produced in the Ionian workshops of the islands in the Eastern Aegean and in 'East Greece' (modern day Turkey).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Greece
  • Date made
    6th Century BC late
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    465 mm x 335 mm x 55 mm x 17 kg
  • Note
    A plaster cast of the relief exists in Sir John Soane's Museum and the Garstang Museum at the University of Liverpool (Now with the accession number C1208, the object had the collection number 6640 of the former Institute of Archaeology. The museum’s records note that the cast was presented to the university by Mr. George Herbert Tyson Smith - the noted sculptor - on 10th June 1931). Similar reliefs in the Berlin, Staatliche Museen, the Kounados mountain Paros relief in the Archaeological Museum of Paros. Waagen and Conze compared the Ince relief to that of the Harpy tomb from Lycia, Turkey in the British Museum.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Alessandro Gregorio Capponi ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph William Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Alessandro Gregorio Capponi

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1746
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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