About this object

Portrait of a small boy restored on a modern bust.
This probably portrays a small boy of about five. His hair is cropped and individual locks are indicated by small, plastic , rounded elevations, the hairline almost disappears around the forehead. He has a high forehead, chubby cheeks and a small pointed chin with a dimple. The head is turned to the right and the incised eyes gaze to the right and upwards, his mouth slightly open. The nose, ears (which seem too big for the head), bust and base have been restored. The restorer seems to be Bartolomeo Cavaceppi because of the soapy treatment of the surface, the slowly curving joint between bust and head, the bust form and the shape of the index plaque as well as the head leaning slightly forwards. There are impact marks to the forehead and chin.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    220 AD - 250 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    370 mm x 150 mm x 140 mm x 8 kg
  • Note
    The head is dated by Jane Fejfer to around 220-250 AD. The periform shape and the high forehead, the heavy lower lids, pointed chin and the soft modelling of the cheeks are found in portraits of the type identified as Gordian III ( 238-242 AD ). The tight hairstyle and the disappearing hairline can be found in portraits of C.Hostilianus ( c 250 AD ) in Museo del Prado inv.365-E.
  • 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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