Pendant in the form of the head of a satyr

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


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

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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).


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

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Gift of Miss C. Wissmann