Bust of a Young Boy wearing a Cowl


About this object

Head of a young boy sleeping and wearing a pointed hood from a cloak ( cucullus ). Bartman believed that he is more a representation of a slave holding a lantern and waiting for his master, known as lanternarius. The statuette would serve to indicate the status of the owner of the villa. His head is titled forward and he is asleep and it is not difficult to imagive the lower part of his body, perhaps seated on a rock with one leg drawn up and the lantern on his side. There are signs of reworking underneath his jaw which may suggest that he originally cradled his head in his left hand. The boy has long curls and chubby cheeks and his lips are sligthly parted revealing his teeth and suggesting that he has just fallen asleep. The hairstyle is similar to the Claudian period and particularly from the time of Nero

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
    330 mm x 136 mm x 120 mm x 6 kg
  • Note
    Blundell identified it as Telesphorus or the God of Convalescence as seen in medals and ancient marbles and noted that the Ince example was found at Albani and was bought from the Borrioni palace. Ashmole noted that a similar copy was found in the Tiber and is in the Terme Museum and another in Berlin. It could be a fisher boy or Eros.There are restorations at the tip of the nose and a patch on the cowl. Bartman noted that Brocklesby Park owns a similar cowled head set on a herm
  • 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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