Figurine of Pan

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 075; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.490

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Pan stands, about to play the syrinx. The style is not uncommon in late Hellenistic terracottas from Smyrna. It descends from the bronze satyr of the second century B.C., found at Pergamon. His left arm and legs below the knees are missing. Right arm and syrinx are somewhat corroded; most of the crusty green patina has been removed. The remaining patina is green and very dark brown.

Provenance

By 1898: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens 1898 autumn. "The man swore it was from Crete but etc."); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund