About this object

Head of Eros, believed to have been a copy from a bronze statue showing Eros stringing his bow, a statue in the British Museum's collections (1805,0703.19( that Townley acquired from the provenance of Castel di Guido. Many of these heads and statues had become extremely pooular in 18th century collectors. The representation of Eros is not as a toddler but slightly older and he has feminine characteristics such as the full and sensuous mouth which has had some restoration. The eyes are long and the brow flat but well defined. The original curls of the hair would fall on the forehead and traces of them can still be seen despite the restoration. At the temples the curls are rounded but much more orderly. A braid of hair runs along the top of the crown and ends up in a tousled hair knot and there has been some incrorrect restoration that makes the knot at the back far more projected. The Greek work that may have inspired the Roman sculpturors may have been an original by the 4th century BC sculptor Lysippos who created the cult statues of Eros on Thespiae

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • 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
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Lunghezza
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    455 mm x 250 mm x 195 mm x 17 kg
  • Note
    Appears in NML photograph on display in the Pantheon. Blundell alleged that the findspot for this head was in Lunghezza and was perhaps from a Roman villa.
  • 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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