About this object

Bust of a satyr. The head is mounted on a squared 18th century bust.
Both the ears were restored, although the right one is now missing, therefore it is difficult to specify whether this was really a Satyr. He has tiny horns above the forehead, thick, and spiky hairlooks and an open mouth, revealing his teeth. He has a grin and his head is to the back and up, similar to most examples of satyr sculptures. He was also perhaps engaged with another figure. Bartman suggested either a baby Bacchus on his shoulder or perhaps he gazed at something held aloft as in the Capitoline's Red Faun. His cheeks are chubby but that's probably to do with the restorer. Bartman observed that the head is not square or round as in most satyrs but has more the shape of a long oval and it is narrow. It seems disproportionate to the thick neck and may have been reduced by recutting. His open eyes are not that typical of satyrs either and are set under an arching brow. The forehead ends in a hairline not that well connected to the skin. The back of the head is also restored, the face has a shine, properly due to extensive cleaning and it may also have been reworked.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    18th Century work possibly
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    437 mm x 215 mm x 190 mm x 11 kg
  • Note
    Bartman: most likely an 18th century work by a mediocre sculptor/restorer.
  • 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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