About this object

Portrait of a man restored on an ancient bust with restorations to the lips and damage to the cheeks. There is a tensity on the left side of the neck which may indicate that the head was originally turned to the right. The man looks serious and he is of a middle age with lowered brows and forehead but an unwrinkled skin. His face is strong and his jaw heavy, his chin is wide and protrudes slightly. He has rather long cheeks. The eyes are set deep into the sockets but are small and emphasised by a groove underneath the lower lid. His mouth is long and narrow and has an invisible upper lid. The hairstyle spreads from a point at the back of the hair with long thick curly locks at the forehead which forms a mass. A small fork shaped parting breaks up this mass just above the left eye with a few locks on a higher level. The rest of the hair is short and combed towards the ears or down the neck in shorter curly locks. At the back incised lines indicate individual hair or strands of hair. The plasticity of the hairstyle with the different layers of locks and the combination with the shorter hair at the back led Jane Fejfer to date the portrait to the Trajanic period ( 98-117 AD ). The bust is cut in one piece with the index plaque.
The fringed paludamentum is a characteristic of the late Antonine period and can also be seen in the portrait of Marcus Aurelius 59.148.98

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd 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
    280 mm
  • Note
    Jane Fejfer found a similarity of this portrait with a Trajanic one in Houghton Hall and a replica in the Museo Capitoline in Rome and another in Muse Torlonia 317.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir 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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