Figurine of a young satyr

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd to 1st B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 076.

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.704

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The young satyr has short horns, the usual pointed ears, and a small tail in the middle of his back. Part of his left hand and the object held in it (pedum or thyrsos) are missing. The surface is corroded, with yellow (“Tiber”), black and gray patina. Horns and whiskers are silver. Metallic content is actually copper with silver and trace of lead. The piece was probably plated in places.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome. Presumably from the Tiber.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund