Satyrs, in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, were a form of nature spirit who appeared as men with features akin to goats or horses. They were viewed as fertility spirits and were often depicted drinking, dancing and sometimes in erotic contexts. They were associated with Dionysus or Bacchus and are often shown as his companions in revelry and as members of his wine-infused entourage. The satirical figure here portrayed may specifically refer to the Ancient god Pan. In Classical Times, Pan was believed to be a deity of wildness, rural life and hunting, usually depicted as a half-human male figure having the legs and horns of a goat and tail of a horse.
Roman Silver Head of a Satyr
A finely modelled Ancient Roman fragmentary cast silver head of a satyr. The figure, possibly the god Pan, displays pointed ears, tousled hair and the arched brow and snub nose common to depictions of satyrs. The details of the face are clearly and precisely rendered, indicating the high quality of workmanship. The head features an unworked reverse and it may have originally been attached to a larger composition, comprising Dionysus’ thiasos.
Condition: Fine, fragmentary, with dark patination to the surface. The artefact has been mounted on a custom made stand, ideal for display.