Portrait of a man restored as double herm with female portrait


About this object

Portrait of an old man restored as a double herm with a female portrait. Only the front park of the male head is ancient and portrays an elderly man with wrinkles There are three lines on his forehead forming a triangle and deep grooves around his nose and his sagging cheeks. The eyebrows contract and are bushy with some wrinkles around the eyes and a serious expression. He has short hair and some locks combed onto the forehead and arranged in two small forks, one above the inner left eye and another around the external corner of the right eye. The portrait may have come from a grave relief and the restoration with the older woman was probably due to the fact the back part of the head was missing. There was disagreement as to the actual dating of the male portrait and whether it was Trajanic or Republican. Jane Fejfer proposed a late Republican early Augustan period There is no evidence for the two portraits having belonged together, the male one being much earlier in date.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    70 AD - 110 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
    550 mm x 320 mm x 200 mm
  • Note
    Jane Fejfer compared it with grave relief in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, inv. 962 and with portrait inv. 323,1 in Munich Glyptotek/
  • 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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