Greek Terracotta Satyr Head

An ancient Greek terracotta plaque in the form of a head of a satyr with a broad beard and trades of original polychrome, pierced at the top for suspension.

Ca. 6th century BC.
Height: 3 in. (7.6 cm).

In Greek mythology, a satyr is a male nature spirit with ears and a tail resembling those of a horse. ] Comically hideous, they have mane-like hair, bestial faces, and snub noses and are always shown naked. Satyrs were characterized by their ribaldry and were known as lovers of wine, music, dancing, and women. They were companions of the god Dionysus and were believed to inhabit remote locales, such as woodlands, mountains, and pastures.

Formerly in a New Jersey private collection, examined at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1971.
Inv#: 8027
Guaranteed Authentic


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