About this object

Portrait bust of a young boy.
The head is turned to the right and slightly upwards, giving the bust an inquisitive look. It portrays a chubby boy of around ten, who wears a typical hairstyle where thick locks sweep deeply from the back of the head into the forehead to form a thick fringe. There is a small parting above the right eye, and at the back the short hair clings to the head. The right eye is cut slightly deeper than the left and the right cheek is more distinctly moulded. The nose is visibly damaged, with the the upper lip and right shoulder having been restored.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    100 AD - 125 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    450 mm x 270 mm x 183 mm x 12.5 kg
  • Note
    The bust is similar to 59.148.182 and are both identified as the portraits of Caius and Lucius Caesar. Although the two busts are similar in size and have the same type of index plaque combining the bust with the base, as well as in the turn of the head to the right, from the back there are obvious differences: 59.148.183 has a thin bust support, a hollow interior and a thin and rounded edge, compared to 59.148.182 which is more compound and with the index plaque separate to the bust. The latter is stated by Jane Fejfer as a feature of restoration.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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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
Object view = Humanities
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