About this object

Modern herm, male, bought by Henry Blundell as a pair to 59.148.150 (Ince 112).
This is an almost entirely modern piece. The back part of the head may be ancient while the whole face with the herm is modern and cut in one piece. The restored patch on the left hand side of the nose has possibly been added to give the face a more authentic appearance!! Blundell acquired it to form an ‘historical’ pair with another herm in the collection inscribed M. Cato (Ince no. 112). There has been much speculation as to whether this herm does depict Pompey or not. It fits with the Knole and Agrippa Louvre types, but not with other well-known types such as the Pompey in the Capitoline Museums, or the Menander-type. It is thought that Cavaceppi might have restored both Knole and Ince types in his workshop.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    18th Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    height: 0.29m
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( 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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