GREEK SMALL BRONZE SATYR
Measurements: height (without stand) - 5.5 cm, stand included – 7.4 cm
Description: A small Greek bronze statue of the standing satyr, with goat legs and horns, human torso and bent head. He is bearded and holding a shepherd’s cane in his right arm. In ancient Greece satyrs, half-human, half-goat creatures were synonymous of wild and uncivilized behaviour when it comes to manners, drinking and sex. They are famous for obscenity, which is borderline humorous and as such are the basis of satyr-plays. They are always roaming forests and countryside, being prominent members of Dionysiac thiasos (procession) and inevitable members of his wine-infused entourage. Aside from theatrical plays, they are a frequent and loved motif in ancient art serving as eternal reminder of idyllic, pastoral, careless life with no civic boundaries. This is a lovely and rare piece belonging to Late Hellenistic period.
Period: Late Hellenistic, 3rd – 2nd cent. BC
Condition: Fine. Left arm missing from the elbow, traces of patination.