Pendant in the form of the head of a satyr

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


Height x length: 8 x 4.8 cm (3 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Very dark red amber carved in the form of the head of a satyr, facing right. He has a long beard and mustache and wears a loose cap pointed at the back. His pointed ears are effaced by a large hole through the center of the head; the piece was once strung on a pin (fibula) or a necklace (as a pendant). The backside is not carved.


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; gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA, May 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann