Greek Terracotta Antefix: Satyr

Greek Terracotta Antefix: Satyr

A large ancient Greek terracotta antefix in the form of the head of a satyr with a furrowed brow, pointed ears, and thick mustache and beard.

Sicily or Southern Italy
Ca. early 5th century BC.
Height: 6 1/4 in. (16 cm).

Antefixes were ornamental pottery caps that covered the open ends left by semi-cylindrical tiles at the edge of a temple roofs. They were often adorned with apotropaic images like Gorgons and Satyrs.

Satyrs or Fauns were wild woodland spirits associated with the untamed land. They along with their female counterparts, the Maenads, were the devotees of Dionysos. As such, they possessed a virile and often lascivious character and were at once comical and fearful creatures.

cf. for a similar example: L. Von Matt, Ancient Sicily, (Genoa, 1964), p. 62, pl. 58.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

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Over this summer, we identified objects of interest to include in our Fall 2018 Buy or Bid Sale. To entice you, we reduced prices on select objects. For other objects, we are willing to consider reasonable offers.

We reduced the price of this terracotta from $5,000 to $3,500

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