Head of an infant satyr or faun
about 2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 205; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).
Height x length (of face): 12 x 9.3 cm (4 3/4 x 3 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The head has been broken off near the top of the neck. The tip of one of the leaves of the wreath and the cluster of berries on the right eyebrow have been slightly injured.
Pointed ears are visible below the wreath of ivy leaves and berries. The face has a troubled expression, imparted by the puckered brow and lips. Precision of carving has been enhanced by the highly polished surfaces of the flesh. The secondary figures of large Dionysiac sarcophagi give some idea of the repertory of varied actions which could have been portrayed by a small statue of this subject.
(Jan van de Grift, letter, Sept 9, 1983: compared to Eros riding Borghese Centaur in Louvre. Probably plays tibia and rides back of young centaur.)
By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900