Fragment of a Statue


About this object

Left knee and lower leg, fragment from a colossal statue, possibly of an Emperor. On the top outside of the leg there is a tooled strip, an indication of the drapery. Blundell considered it a very fine fragment and noted that his agent John Thorpe had picked it from 'a heap of rubbish'.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    4th 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
    900 mm x 1320 mm
  • Note
    Ashmole: similar to colossal statues preserved in the Palazzo de Conservatori, possibly of the 4th century AD with drapery in wood and plated with gilded bronze to give the effect of a golden ivory statue.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.


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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