About this object

Bust of a nymph, probably from a underlfe size statuette of a seated numph from a sculptural composition known as 'The invitation to dance'. The group represented a Satyr playing the cymbals with a nymph but it was most likely a theme that was invented than a truly ancient one. The bust is probably from a different piece and an 18th century restoration but is of the same quality marble as the face. The nymph has her head turned to the left slightly looking upwards and she smiles with her mouth half open. The hair is tied at the back in an elegant bow and rendered in thick grooves at the top of the head. A snail shaped streak of hair is by each side of the face. At the forehead there are short curved streaks that may have been later added onto the face. There has been a general reworking of the face. Blundell might have bought it as a companion to the bust of Satyr 59.148.156.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd century AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    415 mm x 183 mm x 200 mm x 11.5 kg
  • Note
    Julia Habetzeder from Uppsala University examined the bust on 9/10/2015 as part of her post- doc research. She noted it is an exellent example of the type normally associated with the group 'The invitation to dance'. The group was reconstructed by Wilhelm Klein in 1909 as a Roman copy of a popular Hellenistic theme. https://www.academia.edu/2065113/The_impact_of_restoration._The_example_of_the_dancing_satyr_in_the_Uffizi
  • 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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