About this object

Statuette of a female in archaizing style, identified as Tyche. The head ( probably Augustan ) is on an archaizing body to which it does not belong. The female faces the front and has her left leg forward, the advancement of the leg exaggerated by the restorer. Despite the exaggerated movement the drapery is rather static, clinging onto the body rather than hang vertically. She wears a long peplos with a sleeved chiton, the overall costume is well preserved apart from the lower hem. The peplos hangs over the chiton and is arranged in a V made of swallowtail folds which fall assymetrically. The right breast was repaired and it was probably broken because there must have been an attached hand or attribute. The alien head which was attached by the restorer is of the Munich Tyche type, although a lot more ovoid than the Munich type. The diadem stands on the crown but it is not well rendered at the back. The hair is chiselled in lines and radiate from the apex of the crown. Three long ringlets frame the face on either side and they were probably hung over the shoulder onto the bosom in the torso that was lost.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • 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
    1300 mm x 380 mm x 310 mm
  • Note
    Elizabeth Bartman commented that the initial attribution of the female as Nemesis in a letter by Townley to Blundell was probably not correct as there are very few examples of attributing Nemesis in an archaistic manner. The attribution may have been made merely because stritf archaistic types of the statue suit the stern morality and vengeance of the goddess. Bartman identified the kore as an Athena. The alien head which was attached by the restorer is of the Munich Tyche type and was extremely popular in Rome. Elizabeth Bartman notes that the head of 59.148.82 is likely to come from Rome. Initially the Munich Tyche type was given an early Greek date but recent scholars believe it was more of an invention of a Neo-Attic workshop.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); 1st Lord Cawdor ( 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: 1800-06
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • 1st Lord Cawdor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1800-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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