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Fountain basin supported by a kneeling satyr

Roman
Early Imperial Period, Augustan/Julio-Claudian
before A.D. 62


Findspot: Italy, Campania, Villa of the Contrada Bottaro, near Pompeii

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 041.

Dimensions

Height: 106.7 cm (42 in.)

Accession Number

1980.206

Medium or Technique

Marble (Attic) Scientific Analysis: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.488 / delta18O -7.827, Attribution - Pentelikon.

On View

Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Fountain basin supported by a kneeling satyr (telamon figure). He is beardless and nude with articulated muscles and rib cage; the position of the body hints that the original model for such a sculpture may hav been suspended, like an acrobat. He raises his arms up and bends them backwards at the elbows in order to support the weight of a bundle of loosely folded fabric on his head. The top of the bundle is flattened to support the basin.
The kneeling satury supported the basin with a bronze nozzle for a jet of water in the center. It was found in the center of the peristyle courtyard garden of the Villa Fondo Bottaro.

The surfaces are worn. The damage seems to have resulted both from the weathering when the sculptures stood in the courtyard of the villa and from the rise of the water table after they were buried. Extensive evidence of ancient repairs suggests that the ensemble (1980.201–206) suffered in the earthquake of A.D. 62 and was reconstructed in the villa’s garden courtyard in time for the eruption of Vesuvius in August of A.D. 79.

Provenance

Found June 5, 1902 during excavation by Gennaro Matrone of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; by 1916: the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection (inv. no. 16.897); purchased by MFA from the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 18, 1980

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund