About this object

Statue of Asclepius, identified as Asclepius because of the entwined snake on the baton. Both the head and the body are ancient but from different statues.
The body reproduces the Campana type of Asclepius represented in the eponymous statue, currently in the Hermitage: the god stands frontally, his weight borne on the right leg while his left leg is bent at the knee and turns out at the foot. His right hand was probably originally rested on the baton, the gesture of his left hand is unclear but was not probably rested on the his hip. It is also unclear what the original orientation of the head may have been. The god wears a mantle with his chest and right arm bare. The mantle crosses the torso and swings over the back; it hangs down over the left shoulder. The triangular apron that ends between the legs rather than enveloping them deviates from the Campana type. The folds terminate abruptly at the edge, according to Bartman the work of an over zealous restorer.
The ancient head has a paternal calm expression suggesting he may have been Zeus or Neptune or Asclepius. The hair is drilled in locks and rises up at the front while ending in long waves at the back. The beard has also been drilled in a similar way to the hair. The brow is projecting.
The cult of Asclepius developed in the late 5th century BC but gained extreme popularity during Roman times.
The large scale of this statue suggests that it may had been intended and displayed in a public location, a sanctuary or a gymnasium or a bath are possible.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st-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: Rome
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2080 mm x 710 mm x 420 mm
  • Note
    Formerly Mattei Collection.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Ciriaco Mattei ( 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
  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1614
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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