About this object

Bust of a young male with a fillet around his head. The hair is incised at the top of the head but long and in curls on the sides or a face framing fringe. A bound fillet separes the short incised hair at the top from the long sides. The face is of an idealised young person, either a god or a mortal. Bartman proposed that the group belonged to the tradition of idealised youths with Archaic or Severe style features. The short curls or krobylos on each side of the hair below the fillet is a feature of early classical work.

The bust was considered to be a copy of an original of the fifth century BC. The mouth, nose, chin, neck and bust have been restored, the front of the head is ancient but there are restorations at the back. The restorations are in the style of Cavaceppi from whom Blundell acquired the head: elongaged bust with a concave base, the nose, lips and chin carved as a single piece with irregular edges. Cavaceppi also used to carefully match the marbles and to give youths a tone of seriousness.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    470 mm x 250 mm x 150 mm x 22 kg
  • Note
    Ashmole compared it with a head in the Terme Museum. Examples of krobylos, the side locks underneath the fillet in the dancers group of the Villa Papiri, portraits of Antinous in his Mondragone mode but with an Hellenistic coiffure. Bartman commented that this head is much more simple and more like in the Augustan and later Julio Claudian classicism, even evoling the Poliklytan Diadumenos.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Bartolomeo Cavaceppi ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Bartolomeo Cavaceppi

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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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