Young Satyr

Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 203; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).


22.5 x 15 cm (8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble with some crystals, perhaps from western Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



The tip of the nose has been restored in plaster. The face has been cleaned, and there are some damaged and reworked locks in the hair.
Although the young satyr’s original pose is impossible to determine, the statue was undoubtedly like those which portray youthful satyrs leaning against a tree trunk or other support and playing pipes or flutes.
Although thoroughly cleaned in the Neo-Classic manner, the Lanciani satyr has much of the freshness of the original and of its best Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman interpretations.
The upward tilt of the head also suggests this satyr could have been engaged in some unusual action.


By 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to have been in the hands of Innocenti and Zavazzi for some time); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, January 29, 1889

Credit Line

Gift of a Class of Young Ladies