Figurine of a young satyr
Late Hellenistic Period
about 120-40 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 076.
Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
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.
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
Catharine Page Perkins Fund