Pendant in the form of the head of a satyr

Italic or Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 7.5 x 4.7 cm (2 15/16 x 1 7/8 in.) Weight: 33.76 gm (0.07 lb.)

Accession Number

02.252

Medium or Technique

Amber

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pendants

Dark red amber carved in the form of the head of a satyr, facing left. He wears a loose cap pointed at the back and has a long beard and mustache. There is a large hole through the center where the head was strung on a pin (fibula) or necklace (as a pendant).

Provenance

According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann